MORE than 2,000 children from across the region will take part in a huge St George’s Day procession this weekend.

Scouts, cubs, beavers, guides, brownies rainbows and their leaders will join VIPs, including the York Lodge of Freemasons, for the march, regarded as the largest in the UK.

The parade will set off from the Eye of York on Sunday, April 28 at 1.20pm, processing to York Minster led by the band of the Yorkshire Volunteers.

At the Minster, a combined St George’s Day and Founder’s Day service will be held, led by Rev Francis Loftus.

Scouting and guiding volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes for almost a year on a special service, which will conclude with all participants renewing their promises in front of friends and family.

The Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Johanna Ropner, Rachael Maskell MP, the Lord Mayor, Cllr Keith Orrell, and the Sheriff of York, Verna Campbell, will join the return journey to the Eye of York.