Youngsters fly the flag for special saint

Castle Morpeth District Scouts St George's Day parade.

Castle Morpeth District Scouts St George's Day parade.

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MORE than 300 young people were proudly on parade for the patron saint of England.

Beavers, cubs, scouts, explorer scouts and their leaders came from Ponteland, Stannington, Pegswood and the two large Morpeth groups to celebrate St George’s Day.

Led by the Morpeth Pipe Band, they marched from the Sanderson Arcade shopping centre to St James’ Church for a short animated service led by Rev Peter McConnell. They were joined by the Mayor of Morpeth, Mark Horton, families and friends.

Clive Rich, District Commissioner for Castle Morpeth Scouts, said: “It was a great turnout again this year for what is an important day for the Scout Association.

“It gives our young people and adult leaders the chance to all come together, meet others and renew our scouting promises.

“Scouting continues to keep pace with young people’s expectations and to stay relevant in modern society, but we are also proud to keep the St George’s Day Parade tradition going in the Castle Morpeth District.”

Groups at all ages continue to be very popular in Northumberland and it has been revealed that membership has increased yet again in the Castle Morpeth District, up by over five per cent in the past year, meaning that there are now almost 500 young people engaged in scouting activities in the district every week.

Mr Rich said: “Scouting within the Scout Association offers young people the chance to develop a range of practical life skills and experience adventurous activities while having fun and achieving awards.

“Explorer Scouts can engage in activity in the UK and abroad and are successful in gaining national awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“Two more of our Explorer Scouts, Sarah Briggs and Robert North, recently achieved their top Queen’s Scout Award.”

The number of adult volunteers is also rising, but more are welcome. For details call 07982 495577 or visit www.castlemorpethscouts.org.uk