Hundreds of Comet country scouts take part in St George’s Day parade

More than 700 Hitchin Scouts attended the march yesterday (Sunday) credit Sam Hankin/Kathryn Rainbow

More than 700 Hitchin Scouts attended the march yesterday (Sunday) credit Sam Hankin/Kathryn Rainbow - Credit: Archant

More than 700 scouts marched through a town centre yesterday (Sunday) as part of an annual St George’s Day parade.

Fairfield Park Scouts receive last minute instructions credit: Peter Sutherst

Fairfield Park Scouts receive last minute instructions credit: Peter Sutherst - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of parents and members of the public watched on as beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers from Hitchin Scouts paraded in their uniforms along Bancroft and the High Street, led by Toque Tambor, a samba and Brazilian carnival band.

Pippa Lally, district commissioner for the group, said: “With our numbers increasing again this year, it’s wonderful to see our young people full of pride as they march through their town at this important annual event. We are very grateful for the support we receive from the Hitchin community.”

The scouts convened in the Market Square around an artificial campfire for a short service and the renewal of their promises read by beaver Jack, cubs Oliver and Daniel and scouts Oliver and David.

Welcomes were given by the district commissioner, Pippa Lally, and deputy district commissioner, Derek Gilfillan, before a service which was led by Rev Janet Graham from Covenant Praise Church.

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Presentations were made to executive member, Peter Hankin, on his retirement from district treasurer after more 40 years voluntary service and to Aida Woolly for her Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service. Two new district chaplains were invested during the service, Rev Andrew Henton Pusey from Walsworth Road Baptist Church and Rev Jane Mainwaring from St Marks.

The parade ended with a couple of traditional scout campfire songs led by the district explorer scout commissioner, Phil Hobbs.

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William, a member of the scouts, said: “I was really proud to be part of such a large collection of Hitchin Scouts today. We made a great deal of noise and there was an awesome atmosphere.”

A collection was taken for the Scouting Memorial Project which aims to raise funds to build and maintain a Scouting memorial to remember those who have given service to Scouting and their communities, especially those members of Scouting who have suffered through conflict.

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Just over a month after their massive investiture, Scouts from Fairfield Park Scout Group celebrated with a magic double rally at Biggleswade District St George’s Parade.

Formed on March 17 on the new estate on the outskirts of Letchworth GC, the 51-strong group joined nearly 1000 other Scouts from their district for two parades through the town.

Another parade, attended by around 550 people took place in Letchworth GC. Young people and adults, representing all nine Scout Groups from across Letchworth GC, Baldock and Ashwell, gathered together on Sunday afternoon.

The group then marched through from Howard Park to the venue for this year’s service, the Letchworth Garden City Church, on Icknield Way.

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