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St George’s Day Parade to Hilbre Island 26th April

Posted on April 27th, 2015 by Colin Ratcliffe

11178231_10206221404076663_2235736941426514136_n (1)More than 300 cubs, scouts and beavers including our own took part in a St George’s Day parade from West Kirby to Hilbre Island on Sunday.

Carrying flags representing the 17 scout groups that form West Wirral scout district, the young people paused at Little Eye to learn about St George and receive a blessing before walking out to Hilbre Island for a picnic and to play games.

The explorers re-enacted the story of St. George in front of the Beavers and Cubs with a full fire breathing dragon they had made themselves.

During the stay on the island, the scouts renewed their promise and three Scouts were invested whilst surrounded by the whole District.

Coinciding with the London Marathon, Colin Ratcliffe, GSL  1st Frankby Greasby Scout Group, was running a 30 mile route which took him to every Scout HQ in West Wirral to raise money for his Scout Group. At this time currently have £400 sponsorship pledges.

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His visit to Hilbre Island marked the just over halfway point of his journey and a large cheer went up from the Scouts as he arrived.

Deputy district commissioner, Phill Richardson said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people join the parade and clearly enjoying the adventure.”

Deputy district commissioner Liam O’Malley said: “The weather was fantastic and all the young people were a credit to their groups and district.

“It’s great to see so many out enjoying the fresh air, and it’s days like this which remind me why I volunteer as a Scout Leader!”

 

It was a truly memorable day had by all, and the welcome which greeted me (Colin) as I got onto the Island was something I will remember for a long long time.  I am so proud to be GSL of our Group and when I saw you all, it was just a brilliant feeling and I congratulate each and every one of 1FG Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as well as Leaders and supporters for turning out in large numbers to represent the Group in a fantastic way.  Well done.

 

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