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St George’s Day parade returns for High Peak’s scouts and guides

Flashback to the St Georges Day Parade in 2009.
Flashback to the St Georges Day Parade in 2009.

A St George’s Day parade for scouts and guides in the High Peak will take place for the first time in eight years later this month.

On Sunday April 22, hundreds of scouts and guides will descend on Buxton’s Broad Walk and parade to the Pavilion Gardens for fun and games which will be open to the whole community.

The parade has been brought back by the new scouts district commissioner for the borough, Debbie Rushworth.

She said: “St George is the patron saint of the scouts but for one reason or another there just hasn’t been anything to mark the day for us for nearly a decade, so it’s exciting to be bringing it back and starting a new tradition.”

Previous celebrations have been held inside churches, but Debbie said scouting and guiding is for the community and so it felt right to hold the activities outside.

After the parade the scouts and guides will renew their promises and there will be campfire songs, marshmallow toasting, face painting and trails.

Debbie said: “This is a chance for us to show the current strength of the scouts and attract new members as well team leaders.

“Scouting is having a resurgence and in the High Peak. We have more than 450 members if you count the guides as well. We hope to have a great number of people taking part in the day and put on a parade to be proud of.”

The parade starts at 10.30am on April 22.