Photo gallery: Lowestoft District Scout Association’s parade and annual service at St Margaret’s Church
PUBLISHED: 17:33 27 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:33 27 April 2014
Archant Norfolk © 2014
Hundreds of Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from across the Lowestoft area proudly marched through the town today in a celebration of their patron saint.
More than 500 young people took part in the Lowestoft District Scout Association’s parade and annual service at St Margaret’s Church.
Every group in the district was represented and the event included youngsters from Lowestoft, Carlton Colville, Blundeston, Pakefield, Oulton Broad and Kessingland.
The parade began in Park Road shortly after 2pm.
District member Gemma Eglington played March on the Colours on the cornet before taking up a drum to lead the procession along St Margaret’s Road to the church, where the bells were being rung.
Proud families and local residents gathered along the route to watch the smartly dressed five to 18-year-olds and their leaders march by.
A salute was given along the way to dignitaries assembled at Poplars Primary School, including Waveney MP Peter Aldous, district Scout commissioner Mel Buck, district Scout chairman Brian Everett and Waveney District Council chairman Peter Collecott,
Lowestoft mayor June Ford also attended and met the procession at the church.
The service, led by the Rev Michael Asquith and the Rev Roger Key, began with the singing of the national anthem God Save the Queen and featured prayers, hymns and readings as well as a renewal of the Beaver, Cub and Scout promises.
It concluded with a blessing by Mr Key and a rendition of the hymn Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.
Parade organiser Rodney Turner said the procession had been a great success.
He said it was one of the biggest parades to take place in Lowestoft this year and would only be rivalled by the Remembrance parade in November.
“This shows how many young people in Lowestoft are involved with the Scouts,” he said. “It is our flagship event really and it is important because St George is our patron saint.”
The parades come four days after St George was celebrated nationwide as England’s patron saint.
The Scout movement’s founder, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, saw St George as epitomising the qualities of selflessness and moral and physical courage, which he regarded as integral to the core aims of scouting.