If you played in and around the Hill Road area of Benfleet in the 1950s you may well remember seeing scout camps that were held in a field at the top of Hill Road.
The location would have been perfect for setting up camp, as both Hill Road and Thundersley Park Road were unmade at that time and in fact still are today.
The photo on this page was presented to Mr Coppin, who lived in Hill Road. If my memory is correct, Mr Coppin had connections with the scouts and lived close enough to the camp to help with proceedings.
I lived close by myself and my brothers, who are a little older than me, recall the camps in the field. They tell me that the scouts came to the aid of my father after he fell out of an apple tree, whilst picking the fruit. He dislocated his shoulder blade and the lads attended to him until medical help arrived.
Interestingly, a relative who originally comes from East Ham, thinks she recognises one of the lads in the photo. In the back row, sixth from left, it could be Dale Tremble.
The field has long since become overgrown although it is still undeveloped. Do you remember these camps?