Parade flies the flag for St George

More than 500 patriotic young Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their leaders proudly put their best foot forward to celebrate their patron saint St. George, in the Lowestoft District Scout Association’s annual parade.

With District Beaver Leader Gemma Eglington beating out the rhythm on a drum for the marchers, the District Explorer and Scout Network Unit led the procession followed by the colony, pack and troop of each group.

As they paraded along St Margaret’s Road to the church, proud families and local residents gathered to watch the smartly dressed six to 25-year-olds and their leaders march along St Margaret’s Road to the church.

The parade included the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 1st Carlton Colville, 1st Pakefield, 4th Lowestoft, 1st Oulton Broad, 14th Lowestoft, 1st Blundeston and 2nd Carlton Colville groups.

The leaders gave a salute along the way to dignitaries assembled outside Poplars Primary School, including Waveney MP Peter Aldous, Mayor of Lowestoft Nick Webb, Lowestoft Scouts district commissioner Mel Buck, district chairman Brian Everitt, Scout Active Support manager for Suffolk Graham Baker and Elizabeth Hepburn, Divisional Commissioner for Lowestoft Guiding.

Outside the church entrance, the colour parties formed a traditional arch through which the parade and congregation passed. The service led by the Rev Michael Asquith began with the singing of the national anthem and featured prayers, hymns and readings as well as a renewal of the Beaver, Cub and Scout promises.

There was also the chance to recall last year’s successful Cubs Gang Show, with the song Scouting Mambo performed with lots of actions.

Mr. Buck said: “This parade and service has been a tradition of scouting in Lowestoft for years, and it still remains important for the town.”