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In pictures: Scouts, cubs and brownies at St George's Day march

In pictures: Scouts, cubs and brownies at St George's Day march

Lucy Elder

In pictures: Scouts, cubs and brownies at St George's Day march

Crowds lined the streets to watch a St George's Day march through Windsor on Sunday.


About 500 beavers, cubs, scouts, brownies, rainbows and guides in the Windsor and Eton District took part in the traditional march to and from the Parish Church in the High Street.

A special service in the church was lead by The Rev Linda Hillier and prayers were said before the children reaffirmed their vows.

The parade was led by Maidenhead Salvation Army Band, who also accompanied the hymns at the service.

District commissioner David Smith said the tradition goes back about 50 to 60 years and they try to march on the Sunday closest to St George's Day.

This year's march was pushed back due to scheduling conflicts.

"I think it went very well, we had good weather, the sun was out," he said.

As well as their own standards, the children carried the Union Jack and St George's Cross.

Mr Smith, who has been involved with the Scouting movement for about 30 years and district commissioner for the past five, said it is 'definitely becoming more popular.'

"Certainly in the last five years nationally the number of Scouts has increased by 100,000," he said.

"We are opening new groups all the time to cope with demand."

Over the past year both a new Beaver Colony and a new Cub group have opened in the district, which has seen a 23 per cent increase in numbers over the past five years.

The group paraded through Bachelors Acre, Sheet Street and the High Street on Sunday.

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