Scouts launch diamond year

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A SHEFFIELD scout group is to kick off its 60th anniversary year next month with a sponsored swim.

The Handsworth 273 group, based in St Mary’s Church Hall, will hold the fundraiser in the Springs Leisure Centre on East Bank Road, Arbourthorne, on the afternoon of January 8.

Other events during the year are planned to tie in with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Games.

“We will be holding sponsored races for the older scouts while the Beavers will be holding separate competitions of their own,” said spokeswoman Yvonne Messenger.

“It is the start of a big year for us which will see all sorts of celebrations – we’re also planning a 1950s themed dance which will be fun.”