THREE top scout leaders have been awarded some of the movement's highest honours.

The trio, all of whom are part of the Prestwich, Radcliffe and Whitefield scout district, were recognised for their commitment over several decades.

Paul Raine and Dave Saunders were awarded the Silver Wolf ­— scouting's top award ­— in recognition of "service of a most exceptional nature".

In his 50 years of scouting, Mr Raine has variously been scout leader, assistant scout leader, venture scout leader, county D of E adviser and is currently deputy district commissioner.

Meanwhile Mr Saunders county active support co-ordinator has been a scout leader for 45 years, and has taken on a number of roles including as an assessor for a number of water activities and a county training adviser.

Peter North was also awarded the bar to the silver acorn ­— "in recognition of further specially distinguished service".

Mr Raine said: "It is a great honour to have been given this award.

"I am so delighted as it is not handed out very often."