In the stocks! Hitchin MP Bim Afolami proves to be a good sport at scouts’ charity event

Good sport Bim Afolami - MP for Hitchin and Harpenden - in the stocks as part of a scouts adventure

Good sport Bim Afolami - MP for Hitchin and Harpenden - in the stocks as part of a scouts adventure day. Picture Ian McElroy - Credit: Archant

Hitchin MP Bim Afolami proved to be a good sport this week when he joined in the fun at a scouting event in the centre of the town.

Bim, 31 – who promised to be a visible presence in his constituency should he be elected – proved true to his word by backing the thriving scouting movement.

As hundreds of young people gathered in Hitchin town centre at the weekend in a tremendous show of support for the scouting movement in North Herts, the town’s new MP proved game for a laugh by agreeing to go in the stocks for a pelting with wet sponges from the crowd.

Good-natured Bim told the Comet: “I spent much of Saturday at the Hitchin Festival.

“I also spoke to our wonderful scout volunteers where they put on a huge variety of activities.

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“I even had a go at the sumo wrestling and was put in the stocks – where there was no shortage of people wanting to pelt wet sponges at their MP!”

By joining in the fun, father-of-two Bim also helped raise money for explorer scout expeditions.

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Sam Hankin from Hitchin Scouts said: “Thank you to St Mary’s for the use of their grounds and their support, and the National Lottery for a grant that helped us host the event.

“Thank you also to all the volunteer scout leaders and parents who gave up their Saturday to ensure the event was a success.

“A lot of time and effort went into running the event and keeping all the activities free so all the young people of Hitchin could come along and have a go.

“Thanks also to our MP, who proved to be a good sport – Bim Afolami.”

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