Lord Mayor honours Scouts in hillwalker rescue

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Paul Reader, Matthew McTurk, Mark Grant and Aidan Nesbitt receive a special recognition award from Lord Mayor Alderman Gareth Wilson

Lord Mayor, Alderman Gareth Wilson has given a special award to Tandragee Scouts to recognise the heroic efforts of four members of the local organisation who helped rescue an injured hillwalker back in the summer.

The Lord Mayor hosted Tandragee Scouts at a reception on Monday evening as part of their yearly awards presentation of badges and certificates. 

Alderman Wilson stated, “I have gotten to know Tandragee Scouts really well in the past few years and I always like to recognise their positive contributions to our Borough whenever possible.” 

He said, “This was a special evening of certificate and badge presentations as the Scouts are recognised for successfully completing various elements. I felt it was important with parents and the Scouts attending, that special recognition was given to the group for the efforts of four of the members, Paul Reader, Matthew McTurk, Mark Grant and Aidan Nesbitt who helped rescue a hillwalker in the Mournes in the summer.” 

The Lord Mayor said, “Their efforts were widely praised in the media and by the Mountain Rescue teams and indeed the injured man himself and I thought it only right that the boys and the group receive this special award. They have been taught their skills and values so well by their leaders.” 

He concluded, “I wish Mathew, Aidan, Paul and Mark well as they continue their Scout work and thank all the leaders and Scouts at Tandragee for their amazing work and their fantastic contribution to our Borough.”