Scouts lavished with online praise after pictured cleaning war memorial

PUBLISHED: 10:30 10 July 2015

Honiton Scouts were widely praised for scrubbing down Honiton's war memorial.

Honiton Scouts were widely praised for scrubbing down Honiton's war memorial.

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A picture of youngsters washing the statue amassed more than 500 likes and a wealth of complimentary comments after it was shared to Facebook.

They do a lot for Honiton and its community in their weekly activities.

And now, 1st Honiton Scouts has been commended for cleaning the town’s war memorial after a picture of youngsters washing it amassed more than 500 likes and a wealth of complimentary comments online.

The youngsters wore gloves and used cleaning equipment to give the
monument, outside St Paul’s Church in High Street, a scrub-down for Armed Forces Day.

A passer-by who snapped the group shared it on Facebook, where residents did not hold back in lavishing praise on the youngsters.

Helen Turner, leader of 1st Honiton Scouts, said: “We clean the memorial every year and have done so for the past four or five years.

“I am very proud of them. Because it has been online, people now realise it has been cleaned.

“We have had so many lovely comments. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it because they like doing things for Honiton. We do not want to have Armed Forces Day with a dirty monument.

“As long as I am in scouts, it will be cleaned every year.”

The photo of the group was shared on Spotted: Honiton on Facebook, a popular page where residents go to discuss goings-on in the town.

Comments on the photo include: “Excellent, excellent work. You guys should be massively proud of yourselves” and “Nice that there are still youngsters with that kind of respect - so rare unfortunately”.

Helen added: “We can never reach the top of the war memorial but this year we enlisted the help of Stuart Holdsworth of C and S Window Cleaning Services.

“We would like to thank him for helping us.”

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