Scouts and Guides on parade to celebrate St George's Day

A drummer from St Andrew’s New Earswick Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade parades through York

2nd Acomb Cubs leader Alex Wise

Troops parade through York

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THOUSANDS of Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Cubs took to the streets of York yesterday, to celebrate St George's Day.

Four bands and members of the scouting movement from all around York gathered at the Eye of York before parading through the city to York Minster, where a special service was held in honour of Baden Powell, with the theme of campfires, with a special couldren lit, and campfire blankets from each troupe on display.

Colin Flaxton is the assistant district commissioner and organiser of Sunday's parade, and has been involved in Scouting for more than 60 years, organising the parade for the last 15.

He said: "It's a very important day, and has been going on for years and years, and should do for years to come.

"I've really enjoyed scouting and seeing kids grow up and when you meet them later and see what they've achieved, work-wise and family-wise, it's very rewarding.

The St George's flag was carried by 24-year-old Alex Wise of 2nd Acomb Scouts, who was asked to lead the parade after being given the Meritorious Conduct Award.

Former Community Pride nominee Alex was on holiday in Blackpool in September 2012 after being diagnosed with diabetes when he saw a cyclist with a child's buggy attached get trapped under a tram and stayed with the pair to keep them calm until paramedics arrived.

He said: "I'm absolutely honoured. A bit nervous, being diabetic for the last two years I've taken part in this parade on walking sticks. I'm nervous but very excited and honoured."

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11:22am Mon 28 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.
I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful. pedalling paul
  • Score: 25

12:30pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Brabus says...

pedalling paul wrote:
I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.
Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul

On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta
king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.[/p][/quote]Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite Brabus
  • Score: -14

12:44pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MouseHouse says...

Brabus wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.
Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul

On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta

king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite
Why?
[quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.[/p][/quote]Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite[/p][/quote]Why? MouseHouse
  • Score: -4

12:51pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Lord Muck says...

Brabus wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.
Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul

On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta

king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite
You might have approved of an old codger who rattled my brother's legs with his walking stick while berating him for marching out of step. We were both cub scouts at the time - seemed a little harsh even then (early 80s).
[quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.[/p][/quote]Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite[/p][/quote]You might have approved of an old codger who rattled my brother's legs with his walking stick while berating him for marching out of step. We were both cub scouts at the time - seemed a little harsh even then (early 80s). Lord Muck
  • Score: 3

12:52pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Brabus says...

MouseHouse wrote:
Brabus wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.
Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul

On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta


king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite
Why?
Respect and understanding of what's being celebrated - if it wasn't about that then why not just have a party with cakes and fizzy pop
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.[/p][/quote]Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite[/p][/quote]Why?[/p][/quote]Respect and understanding of what's being celebrated - if it wasn't about that then why not just have a party with cakes and fizzy pop Brabus
  • Score: -11

9:42pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Yorkiebornnbred says...

The parade on Sunday was in honour of St George, the patron saint for scouting. Lord Robert Baden Powell is celebrated on Founders day for scouting, 22nd February.
The parade on Sunday was in honour of St George, the patron saint for scouting. Lord Robert Baden Powell is celebrated on Founders day for scouting, 22nd February. Yorkiebornnbred
  • Score: 5

6:40pm Tue 29 Apr 14

MouseHouse says...

Brabus wrote:
MouseHouse wrote:
Brabus wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.
Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul

On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta



king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite
Why?
Respect and understanding of what's being celebrated - if it wasn't about that then why not just have a party with cakes and fizzy pop
Some of the younger boys and girls are six years old! When you reach a safe place get off your high horse and give them a break. You should be reserving your criticism for those that do nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I saw the Parade at Clifford Street. Very impressive. Some unfortunate reports of pedestrians dodging between the ranks of marchers later on. Very disrespectful.[/p][/quote]Bit like your fellow cyclists dodging pedestrians on Coney St isn't it Paul On a separate note whilst the overall spectacle was impressive the detail was less so - whilst not expecting military style precision the ability to be able to dress smartly and walk in a straight line without giggling/chatting/ta king a selfie (or even being on the phone in one case) should be a pre-requisite[/p][/quote]Why?[/p][/quote]Respect and understanding of what's being celebrated - if it wasn't about that then why not just have a party with cakes and fizzy pop[/p][/quote]Some of the younger boys and girls are six years old! When you reach a safe place get off your high horse and give them a break. You should be reserving your criticism for those that do nothing. MouseHouse
  • Score: 0

8:21pm Tue 29 Apr 14

GirlguidingNYS says...

Thank You for all the positive comments. More than 2000 young people turned out on Sunday, there was not a spare seat in the minster to be had !
The youngest members on parade are only 5 and 6 years of age and after over an hour in the Minster are itching to spend some energy.
The comments will be reviewed by the organising committee and we hope to do better next year.
Thank you to all who continue to support the Guiding and Scouting movements in York.
Thank You for all the positive comments. More than 2000 young people turned out on Sunday, there was not a spare seat in the minster to be had ! The youngest members on parade are only 5 and 6 years of age and after over an hour in the Minster are itching to spend some energy. The comments will be reviewed by the organising committee and we hope to do better next year. Thank you to all who continue to support the Guiding and Scouting movements in York. GirlguidingNYS
  • Score: 1

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