'BOYS' who had not seen each other for more than 40 years shook hands and shared stories at a reunion in Milford Haven this month.

On Saturday, November 11, former members of the 3rd and 5th Milford Haven Sea Scouts enjoyed an evening of fun at the Pill Social Centre,

The main speaker Graham Penn, who was the local dentist and Scout leader.

Now aged 86, but still as spritely as always, he gave an enlightening talk on the early years.

He divulged that he was the recipient of the Silver Acorn, resented to him by the Queen, and of the Scout Victoria Cross for saving a young man from drowning when he was 14.

During the evening there was a live link-up with another scout leader, Bob Towler in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

This was an emotional affair for all concerned and most enjoyable to meet again, albeit on a video link.

The troops were started up in the early 60s and were eventually the biggest group in the country.

They had many diverse activities from potholing, go karting, foreign exchanges.

The sea scouting exploits included canoeing, rowing , sailing and many other seaborne activities.

Many camps and Jamboree's have gone under the bridge since the 60s, as have old friends.

Said Roger Joyce: "Many thanks to all that attended.

"We will probably hold another one in 2021 so anybody who would like to get in touch should email seascoutreunion@gmail.com and get yourself on the database."

You can also visit the 3rd and 5th Milford Haven Sea Scout Reunion page on Facebook.

Scouting activities from 1964 to 1980 are also captured on a DVD, available from Todaro's Milford Haven.