Explorer Scouts from Torridge presented the choir with the community badge.

THREE scouts from Torridge surprised the Military Wives Choir during a practice night at Chivenor to present them with a community badge.

Explorer scouts Jon Ashton, Alice Allin and Cara Honeywill presented the badge to the Choir.

To earn the badge, the Scouts have to take part in a voluntary service project that is of benefit to their community over time.

Cara said: “Birthday badges happen every year on Scouting’s birthday; they are given to high profile people, who we feel have met the criteria to earn the badge.

“The Military Wives were nominated by the members of our movement and then online voting took place and Scouts and Volunteers voted for them as the winners.”

Jane Batchelor, who received the badge on behalf of the Choir, said: “It’s a massive honour to receive this badge from the Scouts.

“It’s nice to know that we appeal to the younger generation as well as the older.

“It’s a wonderful recognition of what we have done and what we will continue to do, hopefully.”