Hundreds of Scouts proudly marched through the streets of Melton on Sunday for the traditional St George’s Day parade.
Big crowds turned out to watch the spectacle, with the parade making its way from outside the Tuxford and Tebbutt dairy in Thorpe End, along Sherrard Street and then on to St Mary’s Church for the service. Leading the parade this year were the 5th Melton Scout Group and the Tally Ho Band.
Various awards were presented during the service. These included 20 Bronze Chief Scout Awards awarded to the Beaver Scouts, 23 Silver Chief Scout Awards presented to the Cubs and one Gold Chief Scout Award presented to the Scouts.
A Queen Scout Award - the highest award in Scouting - was presented to Lucy Sparling by her proud father, Clive, who is Deputy County Commissioner.
Lucy also received the Wood Badge along with fellow recipients Beth Lyles and Dawn Jones. The badge is a traditional award indicating that a leader has completed their training.
Long-service awards (30 years) were also presented to District Commissioner Ian Cliffe and Assistant District Commissioner for Cubs Carl Culley and two ‘Thanks Badges’ (awarded to non-uniform members who help the Scouting movement) were presented to Adrian Green and the Rev Kevin Ashby.
After the church service the parade reformed and headed to Market Place where the salute was taken.
The award for the Smartest Group, as judged by Mayor of Melton John Wyatt and other dignitaries, went to the 1st Old Dalby Scouts.
The parade made its way back towards King Street before being stood down in time for the Scouts to watch the thrilling finish of the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic in Sherrard Street.
District Commissioner Ian Cliffe said: “I believe we had about 340 Scouts who took part in this year’s parade who were watched by some big crowds.
“Nowadays a lot of towns don’t have parades. We’re very lucky the CiCLE Classic is on because they pay for the road closures.
“Seeing the youngsters receive their awards made you feel so proud. The Chief Scout Award is the top award they can get in each section. Seeing them achieve that and Lucy receiving the Queen Scout Award, the highest honour a Scout can achieve, was really nice. All of these achievements really count when they go on their CVs.”
l For a full report on the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic turn to page 70.