Scouts on the march

St Georges Day Parade in Morpeth'OLiver Souza, Brandon Wilson and Edward Kirby Carries the colours for the Beaver Scouts
St Georges Day Parade in Morpeth'OLiver Souza, Brandon Wilson and Edward Kirby Carries the colours for the Beaver Scouts
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A GROUP of Castle Morpeth Scouts was proudly on parade through the town centre on Monday evening.

The march to mark St George’s Day, led by Morpeth Pipe Band, went from Sanderson Arcade to St James’s Church, where a service was conducted by the Rev Peter McConnell.

More than 300 Scouts from across the district took part, with some of the contingent bearing flags.

They were joined by their leaders, parents and representatives from Northumberland County Scouts and local guide groups. Guests included the Mayor of Morpeth Phil Taylor, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Mark and Lynne Horton and local clergy.

St George is the Patron Saint of Scouting and St George’s Day is when members traditionally renew their promise to the Scout Movement.

District Commissioner Clive Rich said: “It was a great turnout from our Scouts of all ages to celebrate our Patron Saint, St George.

“He is a symbol of bravery and courage in difficulties, something that we all still need at some point in our lives. It also gives us an opportunity to think about the 22million scouting members in over 200 countries across the world.

“Many of them hold their meetings in places of civil unrest, natural disasters, famine and other difficulties, but they display that courage by continuing with their scouting.

“This is also a time that we stop to renew the Scouting Promise that we made when we joined Scouts, which includes our core promise to do our best to do our duty to God and the Queen, and to help other people.”

Some of the Scouts at the service also lit candles from a flame which travelled from a perpetual flame that burns at the grave of Lord Robert Baden-Powell.