The St. George’s Day Parade for North Tameside Scout District commenced on Old Street Ashton and proceeded to the Albion Church. The parade was led by the St John Brass Band.
The civic mayor, Councillor Denise Ward, was joined in the parade by Councillors Dave McNally and Joyce Bowerman, they were followed by nearly 400 members of the Scouts from Ashton and Droylsden.
The theme of the service was Community and Harmony. The service was led by the Rev. Edward Inglis. The District were joined at the service by three past District Commissioners Jack Millin, Derek Casey and Ken Marks.
The service was designed by members of the 3rd Ashton, St James’s, Scout Group. The 3rd are celebrating their 110th birthday this year. Part of the service was given over to a brief history of how the group started at Christmas 1908 after 6 lads met under a street light on Cowheel Lane, Ashton. They then went to their Sunday school teacher to ask him to start the troop. Early activities included a week’s camp in Blackpool for 45p, being cycle messengers in both world wars between Ashton Town Hall and the Barracks on Mossley Road, and holding a garden party with special guest Frankie Howard, who was made an honorary member of the Group.
Long service awards were presented to Susan Frankish, 30 years, Sam Burgess, 15 years, Michael Symes and Amanda Kinsey, 10 years, Andrew M’Claren, Maureen Longley and Richard Curtis, 5 years. Wood Beads were presented to Richard Willis. Finally, Explorer Belts were presented to Jack Bailey and Christopher Hall.
During his address, Rev. Inglis stressed the importance of the role of leaders to help the young people in their care take a full and active part in their local, national and international communities by teaching them the skills of life.
After all sections had renewed their Promises, District Commissioner, Andy Morton, thanked all who attended and took a full part in the service.
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