Alastair Nokes has received the prestigious Queen's Scout Award at Windsor Castle from Chief Scout and international adventurer Bear Grylls (below).
The Wallasey-born teenager was one of 650 teenagers to receive the accolade from the Chief Scout at Windsor Castle in the presence of Prince Michael of Kent.
The award is the highest honour in Scouting and is given for outstanding personal achievement.
Bear Grylls (below) said: 'All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much.
'They are huge inspirations to over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today.
'They are amazing.”
Alastair, now 19, left St Mary's Sixth Form last summer with top A Level grades to study law at Lancaster University.
His older sister Vanessa also attended St Mary's and younger brother Russell is currently a student. Said Alastair: “It was a real privilege to be in the heart of Windsor Castle to receive my award.
'There were roads closed off for our parade which was a bit surreal.
'My mum even got an autograph off Bear Grylls!'
'Later on we had a service in St George’s Chapel, an incredible building, which gave me the chance to reflect on my Scouting journey'.
The award is given to people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.
The event at Windsor Castle has been held every year since 1934, always on the Sunday nearest to St George’s Day, April 23.
For more information about joining the Scout movement, call 0845 300 1818, or visit www.scouts.org.uk/ getinvolved
Report by Elaine Webster
12 May 2016
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