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Scouts salute saint in style at early st george’s parade

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

  • 13/04/14 St George's Day parade - Market Place, Burton Scouts St George's day parade..

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SCOUTS from across the Burton area arrived in their hundreds to celebrate the life of their patron saint.

Today’s St George’s Day parade was moved forward a week to avoid conflicting with Easter and culminated in a service at Burton Town Hall.

Six-hundred beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers paraded from Market Place to Station Street, Borough Road and, finally, King Edward Place.

They were accompanied by the First Ibstock Scout Band.

Also present were Michael Rodgers, the Mayor of East Staffordshire, and Burton MP Andrew Griffiths.

And the flags of the 40 sections of the scout group were held aloft as the parade made its way through town.

District Commissioner for Burton Graham Rothery said: “It wasn’t a patriotic parade. The Scouts gathered together to pay tribute to the patron saint of scouting, who happens to be St George.

“It was fantastic to see so many young people and their parents turn up to take part as we celebrated everything St George stood for.

“A special mention should go to Charlie Wedd, who was given his young leaders’ badge after months of hard work.”

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