BRITAIN’S oldest scout leader has been honoured by the Queen — after spending nearly seven decades in the role.
Inspirational Ray Aldous, 85, has been a leading member of the scouts for 75 years and joined just as the Second World War was coming to an end.
He joined the movement at the age of 11 and first became a scout leader at the age of 18.
But despite suffering from a ‘nasty knock’ ten years ago, he refuses to give up the hobby and actively volunteers for his local scout group.
He joined the Luton Scouts in 1943 after his father — who was a war veteran and scout member — pushed him to be a part of the group.
Ray has been a media and public relations manager for the movement over the years and now visits groups around his hometown of Luton to talk about his exploits.
The Queen has recognised his talents and awarded him with a MBE.
Ray said: ‘This was the ultimate highlight for me.’
Widower Ray, who was married for 57 years, scouted with along with his wife Sylvia for many years.
The retired technician worked all his life and devoted his free time to working with the scouts — and he doesn’t plan on finishing with the movement any time soon.
He said: ‘You have got to be active, you have to be seen to do things and because of this I have achieved an awful lot in my time.
‘It keeps me fit and healthy.’
Peter Sutherst, of Luton Scouts said: ‘He’s a great guy and a great ambassador for Luton Scouts.’