Marching for St George

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HUNDREDS of scouts from across the Spen Valley marched in celebration of St George’s Day.

Scouts and Explorers from all 10 local troops gathered at St Paul’s Church in Cleckheaton on a day of English pride to show onlookers what they can do.

They were led by the Scouts marching band playing traditional music, and members aged from eight to 80 years of age held their Scouting flag high.

Roads were blocked off for the short procession through the town centre, which ended where it began at the church where they were greeted by a seven-foot dragon. They were then treated to a play by the Beaver colony, which was narrated by the Rev Brunel James.

The event was organised by group Scout leader Tony Cooper, Beaver leader Linda Cantrell and 9th Spen Valley leader David Wood.

Mr Wood said: “The whole district gathered together for a nice parade which was well received by everyone who saw or was involved in it. There was a service at the church which had its own take on the story of St George.

“In our version, the saint was played by a mouse and he was up against a dragon that stood at nearly 7ft tall!”