The island’s Scouts played an important role in the recent Island at War efforts as they checked ID papers, served refreshments and helped man the teddy bear hospital.

Commissioner Mike Southall said: ’The Scouts were in force at Castletown providing refreshments of cake, drinks and burgers to the many people on both platforms and to those passing through on all the trains in both directions.

’The field hospital was manned by Scouts who took in "casualties" off the trains from Douglas, our deputy island commissioner was in attendance at the teddy bears’ hospital and the wet sponge stall fundraiser was operated by the Scouts as was the special zip-wire carrier landing game.’

Four Explorer Scouts accompanied the island’s war veterans on the ’Veterans Special’ train and assisted at the buffet lunch at the Royal British Legion hall at Port Erin as well as assisted the veterans on the bus and the train for the return journey back to Douglas.

They also carried out special duties which included helping on the Travelling Post Office on the ’TPO Special’ run by Ramsey Philatelic Services and organised car parking at Douglas railway station.

The weekend saw events at stations along the line.

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