Scout groups fly the flag for special saint

The Scouts St Georges Parade reaches Morpeth Market Place.
The Scouts St Georges Parade reaches Morpeth Market Place.

More than 300 Scouts and their leaders, parents and guests took part in a St George’s Parade in Morpeth on Monday evening.

Scout leader Neil Fraser led the procession, with flags flying, through the town centre to St James’ Church, accompanied by pipers from the Morpeth Highland Pipe Band.

A service was conducted by the Morpeth Rector, Rev Simon White, in a packed church. Scout groups from Morpeth, Cresswell, Ellington, Linton, Lynemouth, Ponteland and Stannington were represented.

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

In addition, District Commissioner Tracy Hush presented a number of young people with Duke of Edinburgh and young leader awards and awarded new leaders their Wood Badges, which are presented upon completion of Scout leader training

Mr Fraser said: “It was great to have our newest Scout group CELL join us – this is testimony that Scouting in Northumberland is expanding.

“We always need adult help and if anyone would like to help with Scouting as a leader, manager, administrator or supporter, we have all kinds of roles – even for those with just a little time to offer.”

He can be contacted on 07850 127649.