St George’s Day parade

PROUD FATHER: MP John Hayes has a proud moment with his son William of 1st Moulton and Whaplode Scouts.
PROUD FATHER: MP John Hayes has a proud moment with his son William of 1st Moulton and Whaplode Scouts.

The sun came out for scout groups from across South Holland as they celebrated St George’s Day with a high spirited parade.

All the scout groups in the district met in Whaplode on Sunday.

St Georges day parade Whaplode'Two year old Kyle Goodchild - beaver in training ANL-140428-145551001

St Georges day parade Whaplode'Two year old Kyle Goodchild - beaver in training ANL-140428-145551001

St George is the patron saint of their movement and they enjoy meeting up every year for a parade with flags, music and a church service.

Paul Taylor, district scout commissioner, said: “It was forecast to rain so we were really lucky with the weather.”

He said there was a range of ages taking part from their youngest members age six to the oldest at 25, as well as adult members and beavers in training.

Some of the roads in the village were closed for the parade and encouraging parents gathered to enjoy the scouts walk from the top of Kirkgate.

St Georges day parade Whaplode'parade to church ANL-140428-145657001

St Georges day parade Whaplode'parade to church ANL-140428-145657001

Among the proud parents was MP John Hayes whose son William, of 1st Moulton and Whaplode Scouts, was part of the day too.

Leading the group of over 300 was the Marching Ambassador Band.

Paul said: “They came and played for us which was great. We have a really good repore with them.”

The parade headed to St Mary’s Church for a St George’s Day service which Paul said was filled with scouts and their families.

St Georges day parade Whaplode'1st Moulton and Whaplode Standard bearers Alfie Fletcher, Abigale Tune and Gabriel Kerr ANL-140428-145529001

St Georges day parade Whaplode'1st Moulton and Whaplode Standard bearers Alfie Fletcher, Abigale Tune and Gabriel Kerr ANL-140428-145529001

He said: “The service was lovely. We had a few refreshments afterwards.”