Scouts in Biggleswade to celebrate official naming of longest Baden-Powell road in Europe

Cubs practice their go-kart derby for Baden-Powell Way naming in Biggleswade
Cubs practice their go-kart derby for Baden-Powell Way naming in Biggleswade

History will be made in Biggleswade next month when scouts celebrate the official naming of the longest Baden-Powell road in Europe.

The scouts have planned the red letter day on Saturday, June 27 June for the ceremony to name Baden-Powell Way running through the town’s Kings Reach Estate.

Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Part of the Green Wheel Pathway, the road will be given its official title at noon by the Hon Gillian St Clair Clay, grand-daughter of the Scout Movement’s founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

Once completed, it will be the longest Baden-Powell road in Europe.

The enthusiastic scouts and guides from the town will thrill spectators beforehand with exciting go-kart races along the new road starting at 11am.

A commemorative plaque will also be unveiled by Beaver Scout Oscar Clay, aged six, the youngest known relative of the great man.

Baden-Powell Drive in Wogga Wogga, Australia.

Baden-Powell Drive in Wogga Wogga, Australia.

The plaque will tell the story of Baden-Powell’s life and the part played by the local scouts in the development of his iconic worldwide movement.

When the estate was being planned, Biggleswade Town Council agreed to pay tribute to the 100-year old local scout group when they chose Baden-Powell as the title for the main road through the area.

They also named many of the first streets after the planets in honour of the scouts who belong to sections called Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.

There are Baden-Powell monuments all over the world including Mount Baden-Powell in California and a Baden-Powell Drive in Wogga Wogga, Queeensland.

A spokesman for the scouts said: “Mrs St Clair Clay was just four years old when he died in 1941 so she has just vague recollections of him.

“But stories about him are part of every day life for her handed down by her grandmother Olave Baden-Powell who was Chief Guide. She died in 1977.”