Hundreds of youngsters enjoy St George’s parade

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WITH flags waving overhead, hundreds of local youngsters took to the streets of Bridlington for their St George’s Day parade.

Around 300 people joined the parade on Sunday afternoon, which wound its way from the town hall to the priory where a special service was held.

During the service, five long service medals were handed out to scout officials in recognition of their 20 years’ dedication to the organisation.

Bridlington Mayor Coun Shelagh Finlay joined in the event, and Trevor Norton, scout District Commissioner for the Bridlington area, said it had been a success.

“It all went well,” he said. “It was amazing weather and we all kept hoping that the sun would keep on shining on us - which it did.”

The parade was made up of four Bridlington scout groups, which meet weekly at the Priory, St John’s Burlington Methodist Church, Sewerby Methodist Church and St John’s Church, Sewerby. They were also joined by members of sister organisation, the girl guides.

Mr Norton said that scouting in Bridlington is flourishing. “It was a great turnout for the parade and in recent years scouting seems to have got past the stigma which saw membership fall in the nineties.

“I think people now see it as being a good group to be in - it has moved on, the uniform has moved on - and it keeps everyone busy.”

Whilst there are no problems recruiting scouts in Bridlington, local groups do need more adults to volunteer as leaders. Anybody interested in getting involved can contact Kim Norton on 603221.