Well over 100 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorer Scouts – plus Scout leaders – took part in a special parade through Alderley Edge yesterday (Sunday 28th April) to celebrate St George’s Day which this year falls on 29th April (today) due church rules linked to the timing of Easter.
Led by expert musicians from the Alderley District Scout Band, a traditional youth marching band, the young people paraded in glorious spring sunshine.
They started this year from Alderley Edge Park, before continuing over the railway bridge and past the shop fronts and cafes lining London Road.
Parents and local well-wishers waved on the uniformed youngsters who were from Scouting groups across the district, some of whom were lucky enough to be chosen as flag-bearers and lead their section.
The parade turned into Chapel Road and finished at Alderley Edge Methodist Church, where a special St George’s Day service – led by Rev Sue Swires – was held.
Alderley District Commissioner, David Giles, commented: “We were delighted that so many Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers, along with parents and locals, were able to attend our annual St George’s Day parade.
“As well as celebrating England’s patron saint’s day, it was also a time to bring together all parts of our wider Scouting district in our church service, which was open to those of any religion, and those with none.”
David concluded: “We hope that local people were able to get a feel for the fun that takes place in the Scouting movement and would encourage anyone interested in becoming a Scouting Leader to get in touch.”