Norwich City director Stephen Fry given Scout badge for Twitter exploits

Norwich City director Stephen Fry has today been named in the Scout Birthday Honours list for his Twitter exploits, as The Scout Association celebrates its 101st birthday.

There are currently 38,000 Scouts from across the world in Sweden at the World Scout Jamboree and to celebrate its half a million UK members have had the opportunity to vote online for public figures who have encouraged others to try new activities and learn new skills.

Mr Fry, who grew up in Booton, near Reepham, has won the IT badge for his world-famous Twitter following - which currently stands at just over 2.8m.

The badge was presented to Mr Fry, 53, by Simrit Kudhail, a Scout from Uxbridge in London, pictured.

The actor, famous for roles in Blackadder and presenting quiz show QI on television as well as film roles in V For Vendetta and Stormbreaker, said: 'Scouting connects people who would otherwise have no reason to be friends - the World Scout Jamboree goes further and bring young people together from all over the world.

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'The standards of the Scouting Movement are as important today as they ever were - you have to be kind, be considerate, be thoughtful and you have to push yourself.

'If there's any better advice for any young person I've yet to hear it.'

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Previous celebrity winners include BBC stars James May and Clare Balding and now the former pupil of Paston School in North Walsham - who will appear in Hollywood blockbuster The Hobbit next year - can be added to the list.

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