A touch of tradition in town centre

Scouts maintained an old tradition in Horsham.

Groups across the district marched through the town, starting near the railway station and finishing at the bandstand at the Carfax.

It was all part of the St George’s Day Parade, an annual event for the Scout movement where members reaffirm their “promise” and acknowledge scout law in a national act of dedication.

Before the dedication there was welcome by District Explorer Scout Commissioner  Dave King, followed by the presentation of flags and the opening prayers led by Deacon Tom Murray, of St John’s Catholic Church, Horsham. The song Bare Necessities from Jungle Book was sung and the 4th Horsham Scout Group made a presentation.

This year the Scouting movement commemorates 100 years of the Cub Scout section with local and national celebrations.  There was a look back on how times have changed from the beginnings of the movement to today’s modern Cub Scout experiences.

At the Renewal of Promises there were Beaver Scouts led by 4th Horsham Beaver Scouts, cub Scouts led by 4th Horsham Cub Scouts and Scouts, Explorer Scouts and all invested adults led by 4th Horsham Scouts.

A closing prayer, assembly of flags and the national anthem was followed by closing thanks. The scouts said they wished to thank the British Legion band, which led the marching, and the Boom Tribe Community Band. A collection was made for the 2016 nominated charities, which are Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulance and Horsham District Foodbank.

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