Picture gallery: Hundreds of Waveney youngsters pay tribute to St George

Young people from across the region took part in annual parades today (Sunday) to pay tribute to the patron saint of scouting worldwide.

More than 300 members of the Lowestoft and District Scout Association held their annual St George's Day parade and a similar event was held in Southwold, where about 320 youngsters took part.

The Lowestoft parade was a particularly special occasion for district commissioner Peter Jarvis as it marked his final St George's Day parade, having been at the helm for almost 10 years.

He said: 'A big, big thank you to everyone that turned out today. I was very proud to take the salute and you are a credit to your division.

'This is my last year as district commissioner, handing over to (assistant district commissioner – Scouts) Tony Hawksworth, so thank you for making my last St George's Day one of the best I have ever seen.

'To turn out in numbers like you did today was incredible,' he added.

In Southwold, members of the Waveney Valley Scout District and Southwold and Halesworth Guide Districts held their annual St George's Day parade and service. Youngsters aged five upwards from Southwold, Beccles, Bungay, Earsham and Halesworth all gathered together.

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The parade was led by the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums and the service was conducted in a packed St Edmund's Church by the Rev Peter Trendall, a member of 1st Southwold Group's executive committee.

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