500 North Norfolk Scouts mark St George’s Day with a parade through Sheringham
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More than 500 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders from all over north Norfolk took part in a St George's Day parade through Sheringham on Sunday, heading from the town recreation ground to St Peter's Church for a service on the theme of dragons.
Led by Highland piper Dave Harper, who stepped in at the last minute after the band organisers had booked were unable to take part, the parade, which was co-ordinated by deputy district commissioner Roger Smith, wound its way down Station Road to the town clock, where the salute was taken by district commissioner Paul Henriksen, Norfolk county Scouts representative Jane Warden and Sheringham mayor David Gooch.
Sheringham Beavers, Cubs and Scouts gave readings during the service, which was led by district chaplain Paul Cubitt and the vicar of Sheringham, Rev Christian Heycocks.
Those singled out for a special mention by Mr Henriksen included Vereen Marcer of 1st Buxton group, who received a Silver Wolf Award in recognition of her 50 years service as a Cub leader and district boating secretary Ian De'Ath, who received the Silver Acorn Award for 35 years service as a Scout leader at Stalham.
Both Mrs Marcer and Mr De'Ath took part in the St George's Day celebration at Windsor, which was attended by Chief Scout Bear Grylls.
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Choosing to stay in north Norfolk for the parade were Silver Acorn Award-winners Brenda Savage, of Stalham group, Trevor Drury, of Cromer, Mike Johnson, of Aylsham, and Carol Charge, of Roughton.
Presenting the St George flag to Blakeney Scouts, Mr Henriksen praised leaders for their efforts in launching a new Scout section, which has effectively doubled membership of the group.
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Rev Heycocks, whose team had to remove 200 chairs from the church to make room for those taking part, said: 'Everybody at St Peter's was thrilled and excited to welcome so many young people, Scout leaders and their family and friends, and remembering St George slaying the dragon helps us explore how we can help ourselves and others overcome things in our lives that can seem as awkward, difficult and dangerous as dragons.'
After the service, the parade headed back to Weybourne Road, where Scouts celebrated with a swim at Splash Leisure Centre.