Scout movement set to celebrate Saint George with annual parade

A scene from last year's St George's Day Parade in Lowestoft in 2016. Pictures: MICK HOWES

A scene from last year's St George's Day Parade in Lowestoft in 2016. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

It has been a traditional feature of scouting in Lowestoft for decades.

A scene from last year's St George's Day Parade in Lowestoft in 2016. Pictures: MICK HOWES

A scene from last year's St George's Day Parade in Lowestoft in 2016. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

And this weekend, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their leaders from across the Lowestoft district will be parading to celebrate St. George's Day.

This year's service, in honour of Saint George – the patron saint of Scouting and of England – will be held at 3pm in St. Margaret's Church, Lowestoft on Sunday, April 23.

The parade will assemble initially in the Trinity Methodist Church car park before forming up in Park Road at 2.15pm prior to marching to the church.

The parade will be headed by the District Explorer and Scout Network Unit followed by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 1st Carlton Colville, 1st Pakefield, 4th Lowestoft, 1st Oulton Broad, 14th Lowestoft, 1st Blundeston and 2nd Carlton Colville groups.


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The salute will be taken in the presence of guests of honour at the entrance to Poplars Primary School. Then outside the Church entrance, the Colour Parties will form the traditional arch through which the parade will pass.

To ensure the safety of those taking part in the parade, Park Road will be closed to all through traffic between 2pm and 2.30pm and sections of St. Margaret's Road will also be closed to traffic at intervals between 2.15pm and 3pm.

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The western end of St Margaret's Road, from its junction with Church Road to Ipswich Road and Worthing Road, will also be closed after the service for about 30 minutes from 4pm while the parade marches to Poplars Primary School.

Lowestoft Scouts District Commissioner, Mel Buck, said: 'Our founder Baden-Powell chose St George to be the patron saint as he felt that his legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance.

'The parade has been a tradition of scouting in Lowestoft for years. These traffic arrangements are designed to ensure the safety of the children and their leaders who are taking part in the parade and to minimise inconvenience to residents.

'Full access will be available at all times to the emergency services and we will accommodate residents' vehicles as it becomes safe to do so. We are very grateful to Suffolk Highways for their help with traffic management.'

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