Dunstable District Scouts celebrated St George’s Day on Sunday with a parade through Dunstable from Ashton Middle School to St Mary’s Catholic Church in West Street.
About 500 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders took part in the parade, which was led by the Glen-Trew Pipe Band from Watford and then the Dunstable Salvation Army Band.
A new Beaver Scout flag for the 4th Houghton Regis Beaver Colony was blessed before everyone was welcomed to the service by Dunstable District Commissioner Ray Penberthy, including Caddington and Slip End Scout Groups, who recently moved from Luton to be part of Dunstable District.
Among the guests were the Mayor of Dunstable, Councillor John Chatterley, Central Bedfordshire councillor Ann Sparrow and Deputy Mayor of Houghton Regis Councillor Peter Carrington.
During the service at St Mary’s all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders renewed their promise with the Law being read to all those present by the three Explorers going to the 2015 Scout Jamboree in Japan.
A Chief Scout Commendation for Good Service was awarded to Nicholas Cox, Cub Scout Leader at Slip End, with five year Service Awards going to Sandi Glover and Sue Tate, Beavers Scout Leaders at Eaton Bray & Edlesborough Scout Group, and 15 year Service Awards to Frank Shaw, vice-chairman, Mervyn Wilson, Assistant Cub Scout Leader, and Simon Wilson, Cub Scout Leader, at 3rd Dunstable Scout Group.
Mark Owen, Scout Leader at 8th Dunstable Scout Group, also received a 15 year Service Award.
The Scout Trophy for points awarded over the year for Scouting activities taken part in was won by 8th Dunstable Scout Troop and the Explorer Trophy was won by the Red Explorer Unit.
> Sunday’s parade followed Dunstable Town Council’s St George’s Day event in Priory Gardens the previous weekend.
Attractions included a stilt-walking knight, maypole dancing, Punch & Judy, a mummers’ play and a town centre dragon search.