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St George's Day Parade

Hundreds of Scouts and Guides staged their annual parade through Bognor Regis.

Representatives from all the Scout groups around the town, together with Girlguiding Bognor, marched through the town centre with flags flying. Their presence was greeted with applause from parents, shoppers and visitors.

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The parade was supported by the band of 2351 (Bognor Regis) Squadron Air Training Corps and the Littlehampton Sea Cadet band.
Bognor district scouting commissioner Ally McCaffrey said: ”I was extremely proud of all the Scouts and Guides who turned out, showing how Scouting and Guiding around the town is a growing movement.”
The parade left Edward Bryant Primary School on London Road and its route took the large number of participants through the London Road precinct to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Clarence Road.
The church was filled to capacity for a service conducted by the district Scout chaplain, the Rev Trevor Marshall. Blessings were given by Father Tony Churchill, the Catholic parish priest for Bognor. Among the invited guests who attended the service were Nick Gibb, the town’s MP, town mayor Eileen Anderson and the president of West Sussex Scouts, Colonel Sir Brian Barttelot.

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Aldwick and Pagham Cubs performed a sketch about St George. Various Scouts and leaders received awards. They included Freddie Morris, ten, who received a certificate for the rare feat of gaining all 33 Cub activity badges.

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There was a renewal of all Scout and Guide promises before the parade returned through the town. The salute was taken by the president and the other dignitaries.

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