THE BELFAST BOY SCOUTS
THE GANG SHOW 1958
Row - Terence Stephenson, Gordon Halliday, Malcolm Kane, Ronald
McAllister, Ashley Thompson, Barry Burgess, Derek Ingram, Philip Pallin,
Alan Haslett, Stewart Waring, Robert Bracewell, Richard Moore, Drew
Owens, Roy Bagshaw, David Best, Ronald Rowntree, Thomas Maltman, Wilson
Second Row - John Armstrong, Marshall Mateer, Lyle Hadden, Fulton
Bailie, Raymond King, John Acheson, Peter Gray, Trevor Mulryne, Adrian
Davis, Denis Moffett, James Harrison, Roger Treacher, Stewart Rea, Clive
Bates, David McCabe, Henry Brown, Herbert Harrison, Sam Elliott, Edward
Campbell, Sidney Mathers, Norman Munn, Jim Halliday
Third Row - Maynard English, Jack Giffin, Michael Henderson,
Colin McAlpin, Martin Frew, Trevor Hamilton, James Turner, William
Ruddock, Robert Jellie, David McCreanor, Trevor Wicklow, Peter
Barnecutt, Wilfred Mulryne, Michael Brooke, Michael Montgomery, Ronald
McNeice, William Finlay, Ronald McLaverty, Raymond Ellison, Ian Auterson
Fourth Row - Crossley Mussen, Graham Rea, Michael Searles, Drew
Millar, Derek Campbell, Brian Kenny, Cavan Granleese, David Boyd, Derek
Wheeler, Vincent Smith, Terence Cromey, William Gilmer, Howard Beattie,
John Todd, Maurice Stewart, Kenneth Hill, Thomas Bellieu, Roy Jordan,
Trevor Myles, John McClelland, Thomas Shannon, Sam Campbell, Walter
Giffin, Brian Courtney
Fifth Row - Richard Mulholland, Derek Neill, Roy Alcorn, Bruce
Carswell, Wolsey Gracey, Jack Holt, Philip Nesbitt, Adrian Nesbitt,
Colin Nye, Kenneth Watson, William Boyles, Hugh Browne, Walter McNeill,
Clifford Boyd, William Miskimmin, George Holland
Sixth Row - John Lyons, Peter Robinson, William Gillen, Angus
Macpherson, Ritchie McGladdery, Derek Keys, Warren Kerr, Gerald Wright,
Robert Beggs, David Mahood, Ian Coates, George Swann, David Gilfillan,
Tom Clugston, Robert Bell, Andrew McKee, Desmond Andrews
Seventh Row - William Lowry, Ronald Andrews, Bradley Houston,
Patrick Ormonde, Alan Robinson, Roy Murphy, Ian Stinson, Alwyn Finlay,
Hedley Smyth, Bertie McGeagh, Tom Winters, Kenneth McCrea, Johnston
Peddie, William Chambers, Jim Burns, Gordon Hatrick, Alan Dean
Not in group - Brian Armstrong, Arnold Clarke, Roy Eakin, Wesley
Furphy, Ross Glover, John Martin, Brian Rickerby
|"A DREAM COME
Marching on with the B.-P. lead,
Every colour, every creed,
All for one and life is good,
In our Brotherhood
Come give three hearty cheers,
And we'll march along together,
Another fifty years.
So runs part of the song
specially written by Ralph Reader for the 1957 World Jamboree. It
was a good song with a catchy tune and words which suited so momentous
an occasion. For the Jamboree was the climax of the celebration of
the Jubilee of Scouting and the Centenary of the birth of Lord
Baden-Powell. From the ideas of one man fifty years ago has grown a
Youth Movement which has spread all over the world, embracing every
colour and every creed.
The Scout Movement was not invented or devised
by anyone, it just came into being as the result of a number of more or
less unrelated incidents in B.-P's life while he was serving in the Army
as a professional soldier. And no one was more surprised than B.-P.
himself at the outcome.
Far ahead of his time in his approach to army
training B.-P. realised that the short-comings in the character and
education of army recruits would not be made good through drill and
formal instructions. Another approach was needed - going back to
nature and backwoodmanship, teaching men to learn tracking and
observation by night as well as by day, to learn to stalk and hike, to
improvise shelter, and to feed and fend for themselves. This new
training which he introduced was popular, and the results far exceeded
expectations. Not only did their ability and value as Army Scouts
increase, but what was perhaps more important, they gained a measure of
pride in their work, confidence in themselves, a sense of responsibility
and trust, and an increased self-respect and loyalty. Again during
the defence of Mafeking, boys were used to replace men as orderlies,
messengers, etc., and so release the men for defence work. Here
B.-P. learned that boys, if given responsibility and if trusted to do
their job, could be relied on as if they were men.
In 1905 B.-P. was the inspecting officer at a great Boys' Brigade Rally
in Glasgow and was greatly impressed by what he saw. It occurred to
him, however, that if the Brigade programme were widened to include the
type of training which had proved so popular in the army, adapted of
course to suit a boy's capabilities, the Brigade would draw infinitely
more boys to its ranks. And so "Scouting for Boys" was
written, not as the training manual for a new boys' organisation but as
something designed to help existing movements
But the boys who bought and read the book (and
they must have been legion) decided that they would try out the ideas,
that they would become Scouts and form themselves into Scout
troops. They realized that grown-up "officers" were
necessary, and they went around the men in their own districts until they
found those willing to become leaders. Scouting began because boys
wanted it, and its continued and successful existence springs from the
Within two years of the publication of
"Scouting for Boys" it became clear to B.-P. that someone must
take this new Movement in hand and guide and direct it, and that that
would be a full-time job. At the age of 52 he resigned his position
of Lieutenant-General in the Army to devote his whole time and energy to
the Movement he had willy-nilly brought into being. And for the
next thirty-one years until his death in 1941 B.-P. watched the little
acorn he had accidentally planted grow into a mighty oak.
A. P. Herbert said of him :-
"Few pioneers live long enough to see what they have done;
Most men are glad if they can leave the World a single son;
Did ever man before you died, see such a dream come true?
Did any leave so many living monuments as you?"
Through the years, the content
of Scout training has changed to keep abreast of the time. One of the
early tests for the Second Class Badge, for instance, was that the Scout
must be able to read and write! But the basic principles remain the
same: our aim to develop good citizenship among boys by forming
their character and promoting their physical, mental and spiritual
development, the Scout Law, which expresses the moral code of the whole
world in ten simple sentences put in a positive way that a boy can
understand, and the Scout Promise -
On my honour I promise that I will do my best-
To do my duty to God, and the Queen,
To help other people at all times,
To obey the Scout Law.
These principles are not out of
date because they were first expounded fifty years ago. They are
just as relevant to-day, and they will still be the keystones of Scouting
when it celebrates its centenary. They are for all time. The
34,000 Scouts, Rovers and Scouters, representing 84 nations from Norway
to New Zealand and from Pakistan to Peru who attended that Jamboree at
Sutton Park in August 1957, were ambassadors sent to show the power of
Scouting in the free world. And when they sang "We'll march along
together another fifty years" it was no idle boast. The
epitaph of Sir Christopher Wren, inscribed on his tomb in St. Paul's
Cathedral, "If you would see his monument, look around" would
have been a fitting tribute to B.-P. at the Jamboree.
But we in Scouting, who know and appreciate what
he has done for the youth of to-day, and also for those who have left
their youth behind, are planning another memorial to B.-P. and on it,
too, that epitaph could be inscribed. For it will be a house that
will throb with the vigour of young life, a Scout House. At the corner of
Queen's Gate and Cromwell Road in the city of London will be built the
Baden-Powell House. B.-P. had a dream that some day in the city in
which he was born, and the capital of the country in which Scouting had
its birth, there would be some place to which boys of the world visiting
Britain could come to seek shelter and sustenance during their stay, at a
low cost which they could afford.
Plans for the building have already been
approved; the house will have dormitory accommodation for visiting
Scouts, and will incorporate a Dining Hall and Assembly Hall, Committee
Rooms and accommodation for a Scout Club. A feature will be a room
set aside for B.-P. trophies and mementoes. The Baden-Powell
Memorial Fund has been launched to raise the necessary funds for the
building and furnishing and for the endowment of the house; the target is
the sum of £250,000! We have still a long way to go, but up and
down the country efforts large and small are being made to raise
something, be it only a few pounds, and an appeal has been made to the
The house will clearly be an asset to Ulster
Scouts visiting or passing through London, and, for that material reason
if for no other, we are giving it our support. But there is
another, more vital reason, why the scheme commends itself. Many
have welcomed the opportunity to contribute, so that they can repay, even
in part, their debt to Scouting, and to the man who started it all.
There are some who owe their lives to Scouting, because of the training
it gave; they are only a few perhaps but the number who have something
to thank Scouting for is impossible to estimate. Some have found
lifelong friends in the Scout Movement, some even found a wife or
husband. For some it was Scouting that guided their steps into a
career, while for others one branch of Scoutcraft stimulated their
interest in what in time became their chief hobby or pastime. But
all who are or who have been Scouts owe a debt to Scouting for something
more intangible but equally valuable, the influence it has had on their
lives and their characters, the happiness they have derived from being
Scouts. And there are many parents who are grateful for what
Scouting is doing and has done for their sons. They believe with us that
their boys will be better men because they were Scouts.
We in the Belfast "Gang" are doing our
bit for the Fund. Part of the proceeds of the week's Show will be donated
to the Fund, but while by Saturday night we will have played to upwards
of 14,000 people, the contribution we make cannot be large in relation to
the target figure. But it is not the size of the contribution that
matters, The important thing is that 150 or so Scouts, Rovers and
Scouters (and some of their wives and mothers) have enjoyed working
together to help the Fund. You, our audiences, by your presence here are
helping it too. And for that we thank you.
The Belfast Boy Scouts wish to
The Phillips Record Co. Ltd., and the Nixa
Record Co. Ltd. for permission to play special records.
The Proprietors of the Northern Whig for
permission to reproduce the photograph on page 13
Douglas Glass, Esq., for permission to reproduce
the photograph of Ralph Reader on page 8
J. Robb & Co. Ltd. for the loan of furniture
W. J. Gamble & Sons Ltd. for the loan of
milk bottles and crates
Thornton & Co. Ltd. for the loan of hockey
The Manager of the Workshops for the Blind for
the loan of baskets
Robert Hogg & Co. Ltd. for the loan of china
Our Advertisers whose support made this souvenir
Beret Industries Ltd., Cookstown, for gifts of
F. A. Ewing & Son Ltd. for generosity in
making-up shirts, shorts and scarves
J. P. Corry & Co. Ltd. for supplying and
Miss G. Watters, the Theatre Resident Manager
for her wholehearted assistant
Mr. Alfred McNeice, the Theatre Stage Manager,
and his staff for their support and co-operation
The make-up team who gave so freely of their
time and services
The many other friends of Scouting who have
given materials or have helped behind the scenes
Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke
of Edinburgh, touring the 1957 World Jamboree
An architect's model of the Baden-Powell House
Ralph Reader (top) - James Graham, Musical Director
with a few of the gang (bottom)
The Opening of the London Gang Show 1957
Ralph puts it across to the Belfast Gang
BELFAST BOY SCOUTS
THE GANG SHOW
by Ralph Reader in
THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE
7th - 12th April, 1958
County Commissioner : Lt.-Commander G. Lennox Cotton, D.S.C.
Belfast County Scout Council
Chairman ... ... ... ... ... ... W. B. Rankin, Esq., LL.B.
Honorary Secretary ... ... ... ... Captain W. R. McWilliams, F.A.I.
Honorary Treasurer ... ... ... D. A. Dorman,
Secretary: Ernest Moore, M.B.E., F.C.I.S., 50 Dublin Road, Belfast
East Belfast - - - W. Elliott
North Belfast - - - C. E. Larmour
South Belfast - - - G. Barclay
South-East Belfast - - - J. A. Glenn
West Belfast - - - J. C. Moffett
Produced in Consultation with Ralph Reader by "The Skipper"
Musical Director ... ... ... James Graham
Assistant Producer ... ... ... Robert Brown
Stage Manager ... ... ... Herbert Brown
Stage Director ... ... ... John Savage
At the Pianos :
Mabel Johnson - Frank Kerr - Reggie Patterson
Wardrobe Masters : Miss Jean McBride, Charles Bodel, William Chambers
Property Master: David Baird Business Managers: Ernest
Moore, William Brown
In charge Make-up: Harry Auld Press, Publicity, Stewarding:
Kenneth Dunlop, David Harrison
Production Assistants: Clifford Boyd, William Chambers, Jack Giffin
Ladies Sewing Team: The Mrs' Bailie, Bodel, N. Carswell, S. Carswell,
Finlay, W. Giffin, Gilfillan, Ingram, Kelso, Lloyd, Miskimmin, Moffett,
Rowntree, Smyth, Waring, Watson, Wright
Secretarial Staff: Miss I. Hadden, Mrs. I. McCance
The Gang behind the Scenes: Eric Ferguson, John Graham, William Greer,
Herbert Lavery, Andy McKee, John McKnight, Bill Robinson, Wesley Wright
1. The Opening
2. Overdoing it
3. Swing along by the Zuyder Zee
4. Seeing the Sights
5. The Woodvale Wanderers
6. The Gang Show Troubadours
7. A Christmas Carol
8. Happy Ending
9. One of the Gang
10. The Greeks had a word for it too
11. The Amateurs Present
12. Mr. Brown and Miss Suzanne
13. Wave the Flag
14. Finale Act One
1. Because I Sing
3. Up Girls and at 'Em
4. The Postman
5. This is "Scouting for Boys"
7. Who are you Waiting for Joe?
8. The Cheer-ups
9. Services Calling
The National Anthem
WAVE THE FLAG
There's a Standard, filled with the hearts of a Nation,
High on the skyline of a thousand years,
It flies on the wings of elation,
Come, let us sing its praises, put colour in the sky.
On the horizon let's see it fly,
It's our Standard, we are the sons of a Standard,
This is the pattern of the life we stand for,
So let is here and now.
Wave the flag to the sky above,
Wave the flag of the land we love,
Whenever dark days cover the view,
The fly anew, Red, White and Blue.
Wave the flag, let the people sing,
To the flag that is everything,
For every Briton everywhere,
Who has a darn good right to brag,
Come on along with me and wave the flag.
There is a happy ending, to the clouds of darkest blue,
If you just keep an eye for the rainbow in the sky,
You will find it somewhere shining through.
There is a happy ending, to the worries on your way,
If you only will do what the good book tells you to,
There's a mighty bright horizon of sky-way blue,
To bring a happy ending for you.
Though we have no need to harass when we're holiday bound,
While you sing your songs of Paris, not the best have you found,
For the finest place to visit,
To motor or cycle or hike.
And if you should sat "Where is it ?
We can tell you in a second if you like.
Here is the tip we give,
Here's the way to live!
Swing along by the Zuyder Zee
Swing along with the Zuyder Zee
Who can miss a chance to be a gay boy?
Come and take a tumble as a play boy,
Swing along by the side of me,
Sing a song of the Zuyder Zee,
When you hear the call,
It's a whale of an outing for us all,
You get a feeling a Mister Joy is near,
An invitation, to help along the cheer,
You'll never find it anywhere else but here,
And it's joy!
Swing along it's the time to be,
Swinging on to the Zuyder Zee,
No reason or rhyme,
But we're in for a wonderful time.
THE GREEKS HAD A WORD FOR IT TOO
We've got rhythm, lots of rhythm, we live for rhythm we do,
It's nothing that's new, and the Greeks had a word for it too,
On the up-beat, lots of up-beat, and then go following through,
Don't figure it's new, for the Greeks had a word for it too.
All the legions in Roman regions knew how to step and enjoy,
Ev'ry teacher they'd try to reach her, and the best was Helen of Troy.
She had rhythm, lots of rhythm, so let's give rhythm it's due,
On no it's not new, and the Greeks had a word for it too.
BECAUSE I SING
Errand boys are we and as we wander up and down,
Everybody knows us, we're the Bearers of the Town,
In the windy weather, in the hail or snow,
On our varies errands, always on the go.
You can hear us whistle every hit tune of the day,
You can hear us singing as we journey on our way,
We're the joyful bringers to the passing throng,
Always here to cheer you with a merry song.
The morning is the brighter,
The bells in the steeple ring,
And the sun says "Hello" to the morning,
Because I sing.
The smiles around the noon-day,
What joy to the world they bring,
And the folk seem to join in the chorus,
Because I sing.
A song can open portals and lead us all into
A land for lonely mortals,
With skies that are always blue,
If only I remember the World is a lovely thing,
I can make it a place to rejoice in,
Because I sing.