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St George’s Day plans announced for Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

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PLANS have been revealed for this year’s St George’s Day parade through the centre of Burton.

Scout groups from around East Staffordshire will march through the town on Sunday, April 13, before taking part in a service at Burton Town Hall.

The annual event takes place to honour the patron saint of England, who is officially celebrated on April 23.

Graham Rothery, district commissioner for Scouting in the area, told the Mail: “What we are doing this year is focusing on the reason we have St George, and it is a chance for Scouts from kids right up to the adults to reaffirm their promises.”

The parade, led by the Scout band, will set off from the Market Place at 10.15am.

It will then head up High Street, before turning onto Station Street and heading straight up, onto Borough Road and then to the town hall, at King Edward Place.

These roads will be closed from 10am until 11am to allow for the parade to take place, and a diversion will be in place along Derby Street, Horninglow Street and Guild Street, Moor Street, and New Street.

This year’s service at the town hall has a different feel to past years, as the traditional Christian-orientated event has been replaced by one with is not faith-specific.

Mr Rothery said he wanted the service to reflect the diverse faiths of people within Burton Scouts.

“We will have a prayer, and it will mention God, but it will say ‘your God’, We have members with a lot of different faiths, and the word God to them means something slightly different to somebody else. We are trying to embrace that,” he added.

There will be readings from Cubs and Network Scouts – who are the adult contingent of the division – as well as songs and a renewal of the promises they make when they join the Scouts.

Units getting involved in the parade include those from Batron under Needwood, Rolleston on Dove, Yoxall, Tutbury and Burton.

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