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Halifax Boys’ Brigade, which has been helping young people for more than a century, was today being given one of Calderdale’s top awards.

Brigade members come together every week to have fun and learn valuable lessons in life.

The retiring Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Keith Watson, today gave the brigade a “Citizenship Award”.

Established in Halifax in 1899, the brigade has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young boys by offering a packed programme of activities and training opportunities.

It is a Christian uniformed youth organisation for five to 18-year-olds who can take part in activities such as sports, camping, first aid training and training for the Duke of Edinburgh award.

The Citizenship Award is normally given at the council’s monthly meeting to individuals and groups which have made a significant contribution to the community.

Today’s ceremony was due to take place at the start of the council’s annual meeting.

Councillor Watson said: “I have chosen the boys’ brigade because it does a huge amount for the youth of this country, and particularly here in Calderdale.

“It greatly contributes towards keeping young boys on the right path.”

The Mayor was a member of the boys’ brigade in the 1960’s and went on to become an officer.

Halifax Boy’s Brigade Battalion training convener, Andrew Rawnsley, said he was very proud to accept the award.

“It is for all the men and women who give their time each week to help keep boys active and make them good citizens,” he said.

Leader of the council, Coun Janet Battye said: “My father was very active in the boys’ brigade so I know at first hand the very good work that it does in providing boys and young men with a good start in life.

“I am pleased to see this recognised here in Calderdale.”

l The Boys’ Brigade movement was founded in Glasgow in 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith.