ALMOST 700 members of Arundel and Littlehampton District Scouts, aged from six to 25, took part in their annual St George’s Day celebration in Arundel on Sunday.
Traffic was halted in the streets around the town centre, as the parade made its way to the cathedral, for a special service which included the renewal of the Scouts’ Promise for all invested members of the Scout movement and the renewal of the code of conduct for the members of the Nautical Training Corps from the Littlehampton unit TS Implacable, who were also taking part.
During the service, Tom Napper, an Explorer Scout, was presented with his Queen’s Scout Award by the assistant county commissioner, Jill Gladman.
The award is the highest that a Scout can achieve and Tom will also be attending a service at Windsor Castle with other Queen’s Scouts on Saturday, which the Queen will be attending as part of her jubilee year.
The District Scout and Nautical Training Corps bands provided the music during the parade both up and down the hill of High Street, before and after the service.
Andy Rowe, Arundel and Littlehampton district commissioner, said: “This event shows that Scouting is still relevant in society today, and the latest figures show that it is still growing.
“It is good to see all these young people, who are a credit to the Scouting movement, their groups and the leaders who freely give their time to provide exciting programmes.”
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