SCOUTS from Ellesmere Port and Neston met their adventurous Chief Scout Bear Grylls.

The excited youngsters met their hero as he went walkabout among 4,000 people in Tatton park.

Bear was visiting as part of a tour of the North West counties and got the chance to sample Cheshire’s Adventure weekend.

Cubs and Scouts travelled to the park and when he went walkabout, inundated Bear with requests to sign scarves, books and shirts.

Earlier the youngsters got the chance to learn survival skills, go bellboating, use the climbing wall and zip wire and visit a traditional fun fair.

Another stopping off point was Runcorn where Ellesmere Port & Neston Beavers joined those from across Cheshire for a party with an international flavour.

More than 1,000 young people and their leaders were on hand to greet Bear as he arrived by helicopter at the Heath business centre.

Explorer and Network members had their event at Forest Camp in Sandiway where Bear had time to join in the fun activities as well as meeting the young people.

He urged young people to make the most of the adventurous and exciting opportunities that Scouting offered them.

County commissioner Graham Phillips said: “It was an extraordinary weekend and we had more than 6,000 people in total attending the events and getting to see our Chief Scout.

“The excitement at each venue was absolutely incredible and we were delighted to be able to include so many people at three such memorable occasions.”