A group of 12 Scouts from the Ribble Valley joined the throngs commemorating the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb that razed Hiroshima.
The boys and girls, aged from 14 to 18, were returning home this week after a memorable 23rd World Scout Jamboree at Kirara-hama, Japan, where 30,000 Scouts joined together to have fun, make international friendships and pledge themselves to a peaceful world.
When we arrived off the Bullet train, there was an amazing atmosphere in the station; we were welcomed onto the site by Scouts from all over the world. It was an unforgettable atmosphereCharlie Paige
Scouts in mixed groups from almost every nation on earth, including the Ribble Valley contingent, were given a unique opportunity to experience the solemn and reflective atmosphere created in the Peace Park at Hiroshima.
Tom McKenzie (17), from Clitheroe, said: “Going to Japan and meeting fellow Scouts from around the world gives you food for thought. To share peace around the world with fellow Scouts is just awesome.”
Charlie Paige (14), from Clitheroe, said “When we arrived off the Bullet train, there was an amazing atmosphere in the station; we were welcomed onto the site by Scouts from all over the world. It was an unforgettable atmosphere. Even though we had never met before, everyone was so kind.
“The opening ceremony had a real festival vibe, and at that point I realised that I am a part of the World Scout Jamboree and was looking forward to the fun and adventure we’d have.”
Tom Bamber (17), from Whalley, said “It was great to meet fellow Scouts from around the world and sample their culture. I think most countries feel that the UK is pretty relaxed, so we can show them who we really are – full of fun, challenge and adventure.”
Josh McDonald (15), from Billington, said: “I’m a young leader and I was interested to learn how Scouting effects the different cultures in all the countries of the world.”
Anna Marshall (16), from Clitheroe, said: “I was buzzing with excitement and I couldn’t wait to share and sample food from all over the world and swop shirts. I took a photo album of my home to show and share my culture with other Scouts from around the world.”
The local Scouts had raised £3,300 each for their trip with huge fundraising efforts.