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St George’s Day Parade 2016

Preston’s 22 Scout groups, along with Explorer units, Scout network and active support gathered together today to parade from the covered market to the Guild Hall in celebration of Scouting. It was a splendid turnout by the district in chilly conditions.
Prior to the parade, there were investitures for the newest Beaver Scout Colony, in Preston Central Scout Group. The group meets at the Salvation Army Centre on Thursdays and can now take young people from the age of 6. One of the new Beaver Scouts with the group said, “I really have a lot of fun when I go to the Beaver meetings and I make new friends”. Beaver Scouting is celebrating it’s 30th year at the moment.
The parade was led by the Charnock Richard Brass Band who then played during the service. The Mayor, Margaret McManus attended, and the District Commissioner, Andrew Hobson told everyone gathered in the Guild Hall how proud he was to be associated with such a wonderful group of young people and all the adult volunteers in Preston.
This year is very important for the Cub Scout section as they are celebrating 100 years of Scouting. They are holding parties and thousands of them started the year off by spending the day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in February. Other events to follow include camps, water days, a trip to Dublin and many more.
Currently there are over 1500 young people in Scouting in Preston which was an increase of more than 15% over the previous year, and it is still growing. It is intended to open more groups and sections this year so Scouting can reach even more people.
If you are interested in your child joining Scouts in Preston, or in volunteering in any capacity please see our website: www.prestonscouts.org.uk or call us on 01772 977354.