MEMBERS of the Scouting movement came from all over the Forest on Sunday (April 28) to mark St George’s Day.

The annual event is one of the one the most important in the organisation’s calendar and includes Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Explorers, Young Leaders and Leaders from Scout groups across the district.

The parade started at the offices of Coleford Town Council and the Scouts marched to Bell’s Field where town mayor Nick Penny said he was pleased to see such a good turnout.

The town council has sponsored new badges to recognise their ongoing support of the event.

The procession honours St George, patron saint of scouting as well as of England, and presentations were also watched by parents.

Among the presentations was one to Pete Thomas, leader of 1st Ruardean Scouts who received his five years’ service badge.

Cub leader at 1st Royal Forest, Parkend, Ang Healey was awarded a special County Scout necker for becoming an ‘inspiring programme champion’ for her consistency in providing innovative Cub programmes.

The parade usually takes place around the clock tower in Coleford and next year will return there.

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