1st East Grinstead Scout Group
Centenary 1908 - 2008
1963 Group Fete

Transcript of East Grinstead Courier 19 Jul 1963

Young dancers, help Scouts

Sixty children from the Audrey Lucking School of Dancing entertained visitors to a 1st East Grinstead Scout Group fete on Saturday. It s as held on a 'well-kept grass tennis court in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. G. Dent's bungalow at the back of the Scout Hut in Moat Road. Dances performed by the children, aged from three to 14 ranged from the can-can to a butterfly and fairy ballet.

The high-stepping can-can girls were followed by another three doing a Swedish dance. and then the sailors hornpipe. On came the younger children who rendered the stories of Misses Mutter and Bo-Peep, assisted by their tutor. Mrs. Audrey Lucking. Mrs. Lucking had also to help two eight-year-old girls, Glenda Haak and Susan Watts. who danced a complete Spring Ballet. Five others who should have joined them were away, the school has been badly hit by attacks of measles and mumps.

The many costumes were brightly coloured, delicately made by mothers of the dancers. The tiny tots stole the show dressed as fairies with wings and circling the green, picking up flowers from the floor. Girls were wearing exquisite Easter Bonnets in an Easter Parade, indeed it was true Easter Parade weather for such a good well-timed display.

It was the second performance (incidentally taken from the annual display at the Whitehall) that the school has done for the East Grinstead Scouts. They hope to next year.

The other attraction, quite a difference from dancing, was a P.T. display given by seven senior scouts, two scouts and their scoutmaster, who is also  the local District Commis­sioner. The group used to be  well-known in the district for its prowess at gymnastics, and they certainly proved they are still excellent at it. Mr. Cooper. Scoutmaster. and his son Michael shone at their many double acts. Michael did a breathtaking dive and somersault over eight backs

Fetewise, all the usual stalls were there, including hot-dogs, roll - a- penny, guess-the-egg, nail-in-wood, bran tub, electric wire, white elephant and " Tin Can Alley." Scouts, parents and friends organised the stalls.