Parade to celebrate St George’s Day

20 June 2018

More than 500 patriotic young Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their leaders proudly put their best foot forward to celebrate St. George, their patron saint, at 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 1st Pakefield, 4th Lowestoft, 1st Oulton Broad, 14th Lowestoft, 1st Blundeston, 2nd Carlton Colville and 1st Carlton Colville groups.

The leaders gave a salute along the way to dignitaries assembled outside Poplars Primary School, including Waveney MP Peter Aldous, Suffolk Fire Service District Commander Paul Field, Lowestoft Scouts District Commissioner Mel Buck, District Chairman Brian Everitt, Deputy County Commissioner Keith Barber and Assistant Divisional Commissioner for Lowestoft Guiding Pat Whittaker.

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, featured prayers, hymns and readings as well as a renewal of the Beaver, Cub and Scout promises. Mel Buck was also on hand to make two special presentations of long service awards – one was to Barbara Franklin who has been the Group Treasurer of 2nd Carlton Colville for 40 years and the other to District Appointments Secretary Tricia Everett for 20 years service.      

Speaking after the parade Mr. Buck said: “Our motto is ‘Be Prepared’ and after getting a soaking at the open air Remembrance Service last year, we have recently bought waterproof jackets for our youngsters – but we certainly didn’t need them today – as there was glorious sunshine for the parade.

The St George’s Day parade and service has been a tradition of scouting in Lowestoft for years and it still remains important for us.

It has been fantastic. I thank everyone involved – as always they have all truly amazed me.”