New St George's Day tradition for city Scouts

Hundreds of scouts from across Peterborough gathered for a day of fun to celebrate St George's Day.

Wednesday, 26th April 2017, 8:13 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:03 pm
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181448009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181448009

In a change from tradition, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts held the activity day at Ferry Meadows, rather than a parade to the Cathedral to mark April 23.

The event, on Sunday, saw all the youngsters and leaders parade to start the event, with the cross of St George flown alongside flags from different groups across Peterborough, before the activities and games began.

Youngsters aged from six to 18 took part, with all the members taking part in a short multi-faith service and renewal of the scout promise following the parade.

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St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181525009

The sun shone for the children, who were then able to take part in activities including foot darts and archery, as well as trying to scale a giant climbing wall that was set up.

Adam Pallister, spokesman for the Scouts in Peterborough, said: “We used to walk through the town to the Cathedral for a service, but Scouting in Peterborough now covers a range of faiths, and we did not want to exclude anyone one.

“We had a multi faith service at the start of the event, and told the story of St George.

“We had around 500 children taking part, with many taking the chance to get to know Scouts from other groups, who they may not get the chance to cross paths with on other occasions.

St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181536009

“They also got the chance to try activities they may not be able to try in an hour in a scout hut or school hall.

“We will get feedback from leaders and children, but it seems to have been a success - one girl said the worst part of the day was going home.”

St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181546009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181557009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181608009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181414009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181619009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181632009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181425009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181644009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181656009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181708009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181719009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181731009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows. Ryan Bartlett on the climbing wall EMN-170423-181743009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows. Peter Bass with Paston cub Oscar Ericsson EMN-170423-181755009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181525009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181536009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181546009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181557009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181608009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181414009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181619009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181632009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181425009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181644009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181656009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181708009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181719009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows EMN-170423-181731009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows. Ryan Bartlett on the climbing wall EMN-170423-181743009
St George's Day Peterborough Scouts, cubs and beavers parade at Ferry Meadows. Peter Bass with Paston cub Oscar Ericsson EMN-170423-181755009