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Gallery: Thousands celebrate St George’s Day with parades across Suffolk and north Essex

18:10 27 April 2014

The St George's Day Parade gathering in Long Melford on Sunday
Acton and Waldingfield muster

The St George's Day Parade gathering in Long Melford on Sunday Acton and Waldingfield muster

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Patriotic beavers, cubs and scouts around Suffolk and north Essex took part in their annual St George’s Day parade.

Crowds lined the streets of Ipswich as hundreds of youngsters from the Wolsey district of Suffolk Scouts celebrated England’s patron saint.

The Cornhill was packed with members of the public who came to see off the procession which was lead by Ipswich mayor, Hamil Clarke.

The procession made its way to St Mary-le-Tower Church, where a service was held after which the scouts marched back to the Cornhill and fell out.

Di Smith, from Wolsey Explorers, described the day as “an occasion when the whole district get together and show the public some community spirit”

In Bury St Edmunds, hundreds of people lined the streets around Angel Hill to watch Scouts, Cubs, Explorer Scouts, Guides and Brownies parade from the Abbey Gardens to St Mary’s Church.

Groups from across Bury St Edmunds District, including outlying towns and villages such as Mildenhall, Thurston, Lakenheath, Ixworth, Red Lodge and Honington, were represented at the event, which culminated in a church service where all members of the Scouting association present took the customary renewal of their vows.

Following the service, St Edmundsbury mayor, Terry Buckle, took the salute on Angel Hill.

Meanwhile in Long Melford, around 600 scouts assembled at the village hall before processing along Hall Street to Holy Trinity Church for their celebratory service.

They were joined by the mayors of Sudbury and Haverhill and other local councillors.

According to John Mullan, chairman of the Sudbury District Scout Council, the annual event has taken place in Long Melford for many years because the church is one of the only buildings in the area large big enough to accommodate all of the scouts.

Yesterday’s parade was made up of 15 groups from the district including Boxford, Hadleigh, Bures, Nayland, Glemsford, Clare and two from Haverhill.

Mr Mullen said: “For from waning, interest in the Scouting movement has been growing each year since 2007 which bucks the national trend for voluntary organisations. It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm among members and events like this give us a chance to celebrate that.”

People also lined the streets of Saxmundham as a St George’s parade made its way along High Street.

In Colchester, thousands of scouts and guides renewed their Promise at the Castle Bailey.

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell, who is president of Colchester Scouts, said he was “very proud” at the turnout of around 2,000 scouts and guides which included two of Sir Bob’s grandsons.

Stuart Gibson, district commissioner for Colchester Estuary District Scouts, said the turnout was “phenomenal”.

St George’s Day is an important date in the Scouting calendar as St George is the patron saint of Scouts.

5 comments

  • Peter, As a scout, might I be permitted to make a correction. Whilst St George's Day is about England, and I would add that I am proud to be English, that is not the reason Scouts march on St George's Day. As well as being patron saint of our country, St George is the patron saint of Scouting, a fact not mentioned in the original report. Scouts around the world parade for their patron saint. If we were just parading for the English saint, you certainly would not get scouts in Scotland parading on St George's Day! Had the recent campaign to make St Edmund the Patron Saint of England succeeded, we would still be parading on St George's Day. In Bury St Edmunds, St George's Flag was paraded. There was no political correctness or "Left Wing views here".

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    Turbostar171

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Also sad77 do you see any in the stars photo gallery photos any of the children with the the flag of their country being displayed? On their uniforms! May I remind you this is England and they should be proud to ware the flag of their country.and not be deniend it.

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    peter wright

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Yes I was sad77 and last year I have the pictures to prove it, from the ipswch town hall to christchurch park ,one and only one English flag, the union flag led the parade amongst various other flags you have missed the point sad77 the day was about ENGLAND and the flag that represents England otherwise whats the point! Of the parade

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    peter wright

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • We're you at the parade Peter Wright ? The St George's flag was there .

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    sad 77

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Very nice pictures BUT St Georges day is about ENGLAND and it has a flag which should be flown with pride not as i suspect been deliberately omitted by the adults left wing views on political correctness, these children are probably totally unaware of the fact that the English flag should have been leading these parades, hardly worth the effort to have a parade and not to invite the guest of honour the flag of St George.

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    peter wright

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

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