Scouts on parade in Long Melford to honour St George

LEADING THE WAY: Spectators lined the streets as 600 members of Sudbury district Scout groups paraded through Long Melford.
LEADING THE WAY: Spectators lined the streets as 600 members of Sudbury district Scout groups paraded through Long Melford.

Spectators lined the streets of Long Melford on Sunday as more than 600 members from Sudbury District Scouts groups took part in the annual St George’s Day parade.

Cubs, Beavers, Scouts and Sea Scouts from Sudbury, Hadleigh, Great Cornard, Acton and Great Waldingfield, Long Melford, Bures, Clare, Nayland, Lavenham and Leavenheath marked the day which celebrates the patron saint of Scouting.

St George's Day Parade at Long Melford village.

St George's Day Parade at Long Melford village.

The groups, leaders and officials met at Long Melford Village Hall before being led along Hall Street and up to Holy Trinity Church by the Harwich Pipe Band.

Gordon Edgar, Sudbury District assistant commissioner, said: “The roadside was lined with crowds waving and taking pictures and the church was overflowing.

“There were more than 600 members there, which is a good turnout – it is about 60 per cent of the district – and the sun was shining.”

The Rev Chris Ramsay, from St Andrew’s Church in Great Cornard, led an entertaining service, which included John-Paul Broughton, a Scout leader from Long Melford, having a cream pie thrown at him, as members renewed their promises before the parade came back to the village hall.

A presentation was made to Mason Dickson, from Hadleigh Sea Scouts, who won the Colonel Probert Endeavour award for his help with Cubs and fundraising events.

Sudbury District Scouts is holding a weekend camp for 350 members at Boxford Spinney from Friday, May 3, to Monday, May 6, to mark 100 years of camping in the district.

Click the multimedia link on the right to view a gallery of images from the event.