Scouts On Parade at St George's Day

PUBLISHED: 17:55 05 May 2011 | UPDATED: 17:55 05 May 2011

St George's Day parade

St George's Day parade

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Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from the Ely district joined their leaders for a parade from the Market Square to the park.

The youngsters came from Ely, Witchford, Sutton, Littleport and Haddenham.

ABOUT 300 youngsters from the Scout Association joined in an outdoor celebration of St George’s Day in Ely, on Sunday.

In the past the event has been held in Ely Cathedral, but this year the young people massed in the park to take part in a service and renew their promise.

The celebrations were a week later than normal because the date of the patron saint’s feast day coincided with Easter.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from the Ely district joined their leaders for a parade from the Market Square to the park.

The youngsters came from Ely, Witchford, Sutton, Littleport and Haddenham.

A “Scouts Own” service had been organised by the district’s active support unit, with some adults dressed as pirates on a ship.

Awards were presented to a number of Scout leaders. Five years service, Giles Philbey and Terry Day; 20 years, John Wells; 25 years, Mike Philbey. Good service awards, Graham Smith, Anna O’Leary, Charlie Hale, Richard Wedgwood and Bob Groom; outstanding service, Derek Wakefield; for exceptional service, Diane Philbey was presented with the silver acorn. Refreshments were served in the King’s School.

Ian Weatherall, district secretary, said: ”It was something different to have our celebrations outdoors, and everyone felt it was very successful.”

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