More than 500 Scouts and Guides took part in the annual St George’s Day Parade in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.
The parade was led out of the Abbey Gardens to St Mary’s Church by Stowmarket Boys’ Brigade Band.
The Scouts and Guides, aged from six to 25, were also accompanied by the bands of 4th Mid Suffolk Boys’ Brigade and Bury Sea Cadets.
The youngsters were joined by scouting and civic leaders, including St edmundsbury Borough Council’s Mayor Terry Buckle.
The Scouts and Guides came from the Bury St Edmunds Scout District which covers an area from Mildenhall to Great Barton and Horringer to Ixworth.
At St Mary’s they were joined by about 150 more people for a service conducted by the Rev Malcolm Rogers.
Threatened showers held off for the parade.
District commissioner Keith Barber said: “It was a good turn out and shows Bury that there is a thriving scouting and guiding movement within the town.
“In fact the problem is a shortage of leaders. If we had more leaders we could bring more youngsters in.
“Nationally there are 35,000 youngsters waiting to join. In Bury we do have a shortage of leaders.”
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