Leading figure in Norfolk scouting movement dies aged 77

Bert Hume

Bert Hume - Credit: Archant

One of Norfolk's leading figures in the scouting movement has died aged 77.

Albert Hume, from Caister, died on May 4, having dedicated six decades to the organisation.

Mr Hume held various roles for scout groups in Norwich and Great Yarmouth, and was due to pick up a certificate from the Queen for his long service this year.

His youngest son Mark, said that many tributes had been left for his father, in which he has been tagged as a 'legend', 'the voice of Caister' and by some of his scout peers as 'the lord.'

Mark said: 'There were three big things in his life, his family, the scouts and Norwich City Football Club.

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'He was a true gentleman who was well known not just in Caister but all across the county. He was not only a scout commissioner for the Great Yarmouth district, but he also went on to become the Norfolk commissioner.

'He was a man who loved seeing people happy. And I think that's what kept him in the scouts for so long, he was all about the youngsters and helping them grow.'

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Mr Hume was born in Norwich on October 16, 1938, and attended Alderman Jex School - now known as Sewell Park College.

He spent his working life as an electrician, firstly for Norwich Electrical Company, and then for Bowers and Barr.

He was working for Bowers and Barr when he moved from Hellesdon to Caister with his wife Maureen, 46 years ago.

He also worked at the gates for Norwich City Football Club for 40 years. As part of his job he was able to watch all of his beloved Canaries' home games at Carrow Road.

It was his work in the scouting world though which many people remember him for - working with thousands of youngsters over his time.

He started out at the 11th Norwich Sea Scouts, before moving on to the Gorleston Sea Scouts once he moved to Caister.

During his 60 years he was a district and county commissioner, before taking a step back in his final days holding a fellowship role which he had held for 15 years.

His son Mark, said: 'As part of his work in the scouts he visited many countries such as Holland, Switzerland, Belgium and Rambouillet in France due to the town's twinning with Great Yarmouth.

'Me and my two brothers got into the scouts because of him and we would go on many trips as part of the scouts including scouting hotspots like Epping Forest, Gillwell Park and Eaton Vale.'

In 2009 he was awarded the Silver Wolf award at Windsor Castle for his service and dedication to the scouts.

He was due to pick up another award from the Queen this year for his six decades of service, however the award will now be picked up posthumously by his wife Maureen.

For ten years Mr Hume was also the playing field committee manager at Caister.

Together Bert and Maureen had three children, Mark, 37, David, 46, and Paul, 48, as well as six grandchildren.

His funeral is taking place at St Nicholas Minster on May 20, at 11am. His family have said anyone who knew Bert is welcome to attend.

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