District Events

Scout Association parade flies the flag for St George

28 May 2015

More than 500 patriotic young people proudly took part in the Lowestoft District Scout Association’s parade, marching to their annual service at St Margaret’s Church in a celebration of St. George, their patron saint. 

The District Explorer Unit led the procession followed by the colony, pack and troop of each group. Proud families and local residents gathered along the route to watch the smartly dressed five to 18-year-olds and their leaders march along St Margaret’s Road to the church. 

Every group in the district was represented and the event included youngsters from Lowestoft, Carlton Colville, Blundeston, Oulton Broad and Pakefield.

A salute was given along the way to dignitaries assembled outside Poplars Primary School, including Waveney District Council chairman Peter Collecott & Lowestoft Mayor Stephen Ardley.

At the church, as the bells rang out, the colour parties assembled each side of the path to form the traditional arch through which the youngsters and the congregation passed.

The service, led by the Rev Michael Asquith and the Rev Roger Key, began with the flags from each group being ceremonially received at the altar – as the hymn ‘God is our Strength and Refuge’ was sung to the tune of the Dambuster’s March.

The guitars and drums of St Mark’s Worship Band accompanied some of the hymns to give a modern and upbeat feel to the service.

Parade organiser Rodney Turner and colleague Jonathan Barkersaid, “the procession and service have been a great success. It was a wonderful turnout and everyone looked very smart. It gets scouting out into the community and shows just how many young people in Lowestoft are involved with the Scout movement.”

Meanwhile District Commissioner Mel Buck said “we have involved a younger leader in the team organising the parade and service this year as a step towards the scouts 2018 national vision to make the organisation more youth led. We have made some changes to give priority to the youngsters, which is the way it should be. I think it has worked well and is the way forward”

You can find some pictures of the day on the photos menu, or by clicking here