Someone once told me – you never really leave the scouts
In a sense – i guess they were right.
Why? i hear you ask – because of some little things picked up along the way
back when i was a cub scout (yeah! i am that old) when we went on expeditions or on camps, we’d try and pick up a patch for our camp blankets – which kept us warm on cold nights and some of us turned into ponchos for night time around the camp
I collected plenty of these badges – and still have them in the house in a box – as a reminder of the places i’ve been
Yorkshire Dales, Edinburgh, Peak District, Lake District, Cheshire, Lancashire….
But i guess fashions change….and around the time when Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games, the cloth patches turned a little more smaller and a little more harder….and a little more metallic.
There were Pin badges with the Manchester logo on them , 18 Sports pins covering the various sports events, country pins and team pins for the staff
And after the games had finished, places of interest took up the mantle as well as other sporting events.
Turn the lock forward to 2012 – and i’m finding myself at Old Trafford and the Pins are back
Reminders of places visited, Events volunteeered at and things achieved
They even introduced them at the Imperial War Museum – for years of service