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Beaver first in 51 years

PUBLISHED: 14:09 24 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:02 03 March 2010

FOR the first time in the fifth Ipswich Scout Group's 51-year history, a colony of beavers have been enrolled.

Twelve boys, aged between six and eight, began their time in the scout group with an initiation last week.

FOR the first time in the fifth Ipswich Scout Group's 51-year history, a colony of beavers have been enrolled.

Twelve boys, aged between six and eight, began their time in the scout group with an initiation last week.

Peter Nunn, 70, who has been involved with the group for more than 30 years, said it is a very proud day for him.

"There are 14 scout groups in our district and we were the only ones without a beaver colony," he said.

"It was not due to the fact we didn't want one, just that we couldn't get the leaders.

"But now we've got a leader and it's great to see the youngsters having so much fun. It's great for their development."

The 12-strong beaver colony, based in Dumbarton Road, Ipswich, is being run by Christina MacDonald, 43, who is being assisted by Shelly Andrews, 45.

Mrs MacDonald, of Colchester Road, Ipswich, said: "I've always wanted to be a beaver leader but I've never had the time.

"Lately I've had a bit of time so I decided to start up a beaver colony. It's all good fun."

The group's first adventure is planned for September 5th, when they will take part in the sausage sizzler campfire, which is being held at Hallowtree, Ipswich.

They meet once week on Tuesdays at their scout hut, which was built in 1984 and cost £47,000.

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