St George’s Day Parade in Banbury
Hundreds of young people from the Guides and Scouts were on parade in Banbury on Sunday afternoon (23/04) for the annual St George’s Day parade.
Members of the local Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers and Scout groups were led out of Broad Street by the ‘The Shires Royal British Legion Youth Band’ as the young people paraded their flags through the town in full uniform.
The procession, watched by hundreds of proud parents and members of the public, made its way up the High Street, around Banbury Cross before finishing up at St Mary’s Church in Horse Fair.
The groups were greeted by Revd. Philip Cochrane, before everyone enjoyed a short commemorative service which included songs, promises and inspirational talks about events and activities various members had been on.
After the service, the parade re-formed outside the church. It moved off to return to the High Street, near the Band Stand, for the salute with local dignitaries. These included Town Mayor Cllr. Gordon Ross and Cllr. Surinder Dhesi (Banbury Hardwick).
One onlooker said, “It’s great to see that Scouting is still going strong and so many people turned up to watch the parade”.