Second Harpenden at the St George’s Day parade – “Everything was awesome”

April 23 is an important day in the scouting calendar. Chosen by Lord Baden-Powell as the Scout Association’s patron saint, St George’s day is usually celebrated on the nearest Sunday by Scouts, Cubs and Beavers. This year, 800 members from the Harpenden District turned out on April 26 for their annual parade – and with a sea of flags, banners and uniforms, the sight was an impressive one!

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As Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their leaders started gathering in Rothampstead Park the Second Harpenden group, attired in their blue-and-green uniforms were well represented.

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The young people were in a buoyant mood, their spirits boosted further by an enthusiastic Scottish marching band and occasional glimpses of the sun.

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As the parade wound along Harpenden High Street and past St Nicholas Church, crowds cheered the marchers while proud parents waved and took photos. Quite a few of the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers displayed impressive arrays of badges on their sleeves – testimony to numerous successful scouting challenges. “It was especially impressive to see well over 100 adult leaders from Harpenden escorting their young people,” said Group Leader Phil Murray, who led the Second Harpenden contingent.

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Back at the park, a brief service was held, led by new district leader Russ Brooks. Hymns were sung but the highlight, for the Beavers and Cubs at least, was a loud joint rendering of “Everything is awesome”! Awesome indeed.

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The rain had held off and it was time to hit the tea tents for hot chocolate, cake and biscuits. – and for the groups of happy children and parents making their way out of the park, the ice cream van beckoned, marking the end of another enjoyable St George’s parade.

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