District Events

Our Patriotic Youngsters Honour St George

2 May 2016

More than 600 patriotic Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their leaders from across the Lowestoft district proudly marched to a service at St Margaret’s Church to honour their patron saint.

Putting their best foot forward in a celebration of St George, patron saint of Scouting and England, every group in the district was represented. The parade was headed by the District Explorer and Scout Network Unit followed by the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 2nd Carlton Colville, 1st Carlton Colville, 1st Pakefield, 4th Lowestoft, 1st Oulton Broad, 14th Lowestoft and 1st Blundeston groups

Proud families and local residents gathered along the route to watch as drummers Gemma Eglington and Malcolm Cooke beat out the rhythm for the marchers, who ignored the drizzle as they as they paraded along St Margaret’s Road to the church.

A salute was taken by dignitaries assembled outside Poplars Primary School, including Waveney MP Peter Aldous, Mayor of Lowestoft Stephen Ardley, Lowestoft Scouts district commissioner Mel Buck, district Scout chairman Brian Everett, Assistant County Commissioner for Beavers Brian Harvey and Lowestoft division commissioner for guides Elizabeth Hepburn.

Outside the church entrance, the colour parties formed a traditional arch through which the parade and congregation passed. Once everyone was seated inside the church, a rousing rendition of happy birthday and three cheers – in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday – started proceedings.

The service, led by the Rev Michael Asquith and the Rev Roger Key, began with the singing of the national anthem God Save the Queen and featured prayers, hymns and readings as well as a renewal of the Beaver, Cub and Scout promises. It concluded with a blessing by Mr. Key and a rendition of the hymn Mine eyes have seen the Glory, during which the colours were returned.

One of the parade organisers A/GSL Jonathan Barker said, “the procession and service has been a great success. The numbers on parade show just how many young people in Lowestoft are involved with Scouting. It is also an important occasion for us to celebrate St George as our patron saint.”