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Britain’s oldest Boy Scout is still active at the age of 85

Britain's oldest Boy Scout is still going at 85
Ray Aldous MBE, 85, from Luton (Picture: SWNS)

Most child scouts gave up at an early age but this man has kept on going given 1943.

Ray Aldous is now the country’s oldest director personality aged 85.

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He assimilated them when he was just 11 years old after being pushed by his father who was a fight maestro and director member himself.

‘It keeps me as fit and as healthy,’ Mr Aldous, from Luton, said.

‘I still keep active and we am still flattering much concerned with the town.

‘It is positively amazing.’

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Britain's oldest Boy Scout is still going at 85
Ray Aldous is still going despite getting on in years (Picture: SWNS)
Britain's oldest Boy Scout is still going at 85
Ray Aldous in the Scouts when he was 12 Picture: SWNS)

The licentiate scouted along with his wife of 57 years Sylvia until she died.

She would help him conduct his bustling diary, which enclosed being in charge of 12 districts.

He added: ‘I entirely enjoyed it, we was charging around all over the place and my wife upheld me.

‘She helped me do what we had to do. we had to demeanour after 12 districts and we was obliged for the director troupes which meant we had to rush around and benefaction awards.’

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Britain's oldest Boy Scout is still going at 85
Ray Aldous’ director shawl from his childhood (Picture: SWNS)
Britain's oldest Boy Scout is still going at 85
Ray Aldous photo manuscript Egypt 1952 (Picture: SWNS)
Britain's oldest Boy Scout is still going at 85
Ray Aldous in Kabrit, Eygpt 1953 in his director uniform Picture: SWNS)

Mr Aldous was celebrated by the Queen in 2015 with an MBE for services to Young People and Scouting.

He was accompanied by his two daughters when he went to collect his endowment and described it as the ‘ultimate highlight’.

He said: ‘When we was told by Buckingham Palace and perceived the MBE for my services of the director movement.

‘This was such an unexpected honour to be singled out for such world-wide publicity. we am immensely unapproachable of my MBE.’

It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the retired technician though.

He suffered a ‘nasty knock’ 10 years ago but he refused to give up being a director since he desired it so much.

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Britain's oldest Boy Scout is still going at 85
Ray Aldous receiving his MBE from the Queen in 2015 Picture: SWNS)
Britain's oldest Boy Scout is still going at 85
Ray Aldous MBE, 85, from Luton (Picture: SWNS)

Mr Aldous, a grandfather of two twins, plans to continue holding weekly media meetings at his home and visiting groups around Luton.

He added: ‘You have got to be active, you have to be seen to do things and since of this we have achieved an awful lot in my time, we have really been around.’

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