SCARBOROUGH’S scouts and cubs marched along a new route yesterday for their annual St George’s Day parade.
They started in Waterhouse Lane, yesterday at 2pm, and marched along Westborough before turning up Alma Parade where they held a special service at the Salvation Army.
District commissioner Bonnie Purchon said it was a good turnout for the event. She added: “I’m just hoping we’ve got enough seats at the service.
“Scouting is very popular but we definitely need more leaders. If we had more leaders we could take more kids in. We’ve got a waiting list for every group.”
Ian Marshall, the assistant district commissioner for Cub Scouts, said that there were usually between 350 and 400 taking part in the annual parade. He added: “We are going up through the centre of town and the new route keeps us away from traffic. It should be a good march.”
The decision was taken to change the traditional route – which had gone from William Street coach park, through town and across Valley Bridge to St Martin-on-the-Hill church in South Cliff for a total of 55 years – because organisers felt drivers were not considerate towards those taking part. Two years ago a red car even drove between groups of marchers.
Jon Harris, a 13-year-old senior patrol leader with the 42nd St Marks troop, was proudly carrying the St George’s flag at the head of the parade. He said it was an honour and that he had seven years service with the youth organisation since he first joined the Beavers.