Scouts remember patron saint

BRIGHT sunshine was the perfect setting for youngsters in Ipswich and Felixstowe as they took part in the annual procession in celebration of England's patron saint.

BRIGHT sunshine was the perfect setting for youngsters in Ipswich and Felixstowe as they took part in the annual procession in celebration of England's patron saint.

Ipswich's Cornhill was awash with a sea of colour when more than 1,500 Scout members gathered to take part in the Ipswich Scout District's St George's Day parade.

Flags fluttered in the gentle breeze as youngsters took part in one of the best ever turnouts.

Members of Ipswich South East and West Districts including the Beavers, Cubs and Venture Scouts all took part in the colourful celebration.


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Led by the flag of St George, each unit bearing its own standard set off for the half mile march from the Cornhill to St Pancras and Christ Church where a special service was held.

As part of the Queen's Jubilee year, each child waved a handmade flag, representing a different country of the commonwealth.

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Max Raffe, group scout leader for the 13th group, Ipswich, said: "St George is the patron saint of Scouting.

"This is great occasion and it's a chance for the children from groups across Ipswich to meet other scouts from different associations."

Mayor Maureen Carrington-Brown joined the procession and attended one of the commemorative services, which followed the event. Martlesham Brass Band provided the music.

At Felixstowe, around 300 uniformed children and their leaders took part in the St George's Day parade and service – providing a colourful sight for the thousands of visitors to the seaside.

With music from the Felixstowe Salvation Army band and standards fluttering proudly in the breeze, the scouts, cubs, beavers, sea scouts, guides, brownies, and rainbows gathered at the resort's leisure centre to march the half-mile along the promenade to the Spa Pavilion.

They were greeted by the mayor Harry Dangerfield, before processing into the theatre for a special service during which the youngsters renewed their scout and guide promises.

www.scoutbase.org.uk

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