Parade to celebrate St George’s Day as the Patron Saint tours Bury’s businesses

St George's Day Parade and Service ANL-150427-084317009

St George's Day Parade and Service ANL-150427-084317009

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Hundreds of scouts and guides paraded through Bury St Edmunds to celebrate St George’s Day after the Patron Saint toured the town’s businesses.

Various groups, spanning the ages of six to 25, took part in the annual parade on Sunday starting from the Abbey Gardens upto St Mary’s Church for a service led by the Rev Malcolm Rogers.

St George at Jewellery by Tony Strowger ANL-150427-155215001

St George at Jewellery by Tony Strowger ANL-150427-155215001

They then marched back and took the salute by Robert Everitt, the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, accompanied by Keith Barber, district commissioner for Bury St Edmunds District Scouts; Leigh Foster, assistant county commissioner Suffolk and Rachel Hellier, divisional commissioner for the North West Division of the Girl Guides.

Mr Barber said: “It all passed off very well. The weather was a worrying feature but it kept dry. St George is the Patron Saint of England and of scouting and it’s an opportunity for scouts to renew their promise.

“Congratulations to everyone who took part in a splendid and first class advert for scouting and guiding in the area.”

The groups involved were 1st Bury, 6th Bury, 10th Bury, Great Barton, Horringer, Ixworth, Lakenheath, Mildenhall, Red Lodge and Thurston.

There were explorer scout units from Endeavour, Columbus, Discovery and Challenger as well as First Honington RAF and network scouts Invictus. They were joined by the North West Division of Girl Guides.

The bands were Stowmarket Boys Brigade, 4th Mid Suffolk Boys Brigade and Bury Sea Cadets.

Meanwhile, St George was in town on Thursday to help a number of businesses celebrate in an event organised by Business Improvement District organisation Ourburystedmunds.

Chief executive Mark Cordell said: “For the last few years we have celebrated St George’s Day because we think it’s right and proper to acknowledge our Patron Saint.

“We are, of course, great fans of St Edmund as well though and were fortunate enough to have him switch on the town’s Christmas Lights last year.”