Parade for St George

w1725b017 St George's Day parade - Rishworth Street. Barry Slater, Norman Hazell, Eric Parkin and Rev Professor Roger Grainger.
w1725b017 St George's Day parade - Rishworth Street. Barry Slater, Norman Hazell, Eric Parkin and Rev Professor Roger Grainger.
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THE spirit of St George will be alive and well next Sunday as more than 400 scouts, cubs, beavers and explorers parade through the city centre.

Wakefield District Scouts will make their annual pilgrimage to a special service at Wakefield Cathedral, complete with flags, banners and a marching band on Sunday, April 10.

Monica James, assistant district commissioner for cub scouts in the Wakefield District, who has organised the event, said: “To my knowledge we have been having a St George’s Day parade for at least 30 years. The route has changed a few times over the years but always includes a service at the Cathedral.

“Not only is it important to mark our patron saint’s day, but St George is also the patron saint of scouting, so all scouts learn about him in the normal programme.”

Hundreds of scouts and leaders will gather at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and set off down Northgate at 1.30pm, along Wentworth Terrace to Wood Street to the Cathedral.

After a service, which will include the giving out of long service and achievement awards, the procession will make their way up Northgate back to the grammar school.

Mrs James said: “Each scouting group will have their own flags, and we will carry the district flag, and of course, the flag of St George, and this year we will have the police marching band accompanying us, which is great,

“We want people to see that scouting still has a strong presence in Wakefield. We always get people following us on the route, and it will be nice for the public to join us once again.”

Road closures will be in place on Northgate, Wentworth Terrace, Bond Street, Wood Street, Cross Square, Marygate and Westfield Road.