Well over 500 Scouts, Guides and adult volunteers from Newcastle paraded through the town centre on yesterday to celebrate Scouting, Guiding and their patron saint, St. George.
Before the parade, and in between the rain showers, a new Cub Leader was invested in the Queen’s Gardens into 107th Westlands!
The parade was led by the Town Crier and 1st Porthill Scout Group’s Drum Corps. The parade passed Newcastle’s War Memorial, where the young people were watched by the Borough’s Mayor and Scout and Guide Commissioners, to St. Giles Church for a service of celebration.
As part of the Parade and service, Newcastle’s Cub Scouts were celebrating the Cub’s 100th birthday and the the District’s Beavers were celebrating the Beaver’s 30th birthday. For this, Beavers and Cubs have made their own celebration banners and two Cubs were even wearing historic Cub uniforms!
The Guides were also celebrating the 100th birthday of the Guides Senior Section.
The talented cast of Castle Capers 2016 sang two numbers while in Church.
During the service, Scouts and Guides of all ages renewed their Promise and awards were presented by Mrs. Sandra Hambleton, the Borough’s Mayor, to adult Leaders and helpers.
We were very pleased to have been joined this year, by members of the local Royal British Legion who had come straight from commemorating ANZAC Day in Cannock. We hope they will be able to join us again next year.