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Scout troops turn out in force for parade
2:44pm Wednesday 25th April 2012 in News
Scouts from Ryedale troops and groups take part in the St George’s Day parade heading through Helmsley on Sunday.
RYEDALE’S scouting movement saw its biggest turn-out for years for Sunday’s St George’s Day Parade through Helmsley when more than 200 young people took part.
Led by Kirkbymoorside Brass Band, they paraded from Sawmill Lane to Helmsley’s Methodist Church in Ashdale Road which was packed for the traditional annual service.
Steve Arnold, district explorer scout commissioner, was delighted with the success.
He said: “It proved that scouting is as strong as ever in Ryedale. Every scouting organisation in Ryedale was represented involving scouts, beavers, cubs, explorer and network scouts. It is so encouraging to see so many young people and people prepared to be leaders involved because the scouting movement plays a big part in our quality of life in Ryedale.”
Troops and groups carried their banners through the town, watched by residents and visitors, to the church where the service was conducted by the Rev David Emison.
During the service, the district commissioner Granville Tebbut presented awards to Mr Arnold to mark 35 years service, Josh Gibson, 13, and Alistair Coughlan, 13, both Chief Scout's gold award winners, Lesley Appleby, award of merit for 30 years service, Norman Paske, 20-year service award, Steve Barber, ten-year award as beaver leader, and Sean Holliday, five-year award. Also present at the service was Sarah Dawson, assistant county commissioner for explorer scouts.