GALLERY: St George’s Day parade

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HUNDREDS of Scouts and Girl Guides marked St George’s Day with a special march through Hastings.

The Hastings, Rye and District Scouts marched from Wellington Square to the White Rock Theatre on April 27.

The head of the parade bore a flag of St George and a Union Flag and Section Five drummers led the parade.

Around 800 scouts, guides, beavers, cubs, brownies and explorer and adventure scouts from across the area descended on the theatre for the special celebration.

There was also a collection for Sara Lee Trust.

The scouts and guides put on a sketch on stage about St George before renewing their scouting and guiding promises.

Judith Collins, district commissioner for Hastings Rye and District, said: “It is really sad we don’t make enough of him - he is patron saint of Scouting.

“We make sure all the scouts and guides know about him.

“St George does not get the same amount of appreciation as other home nation patron saints. In Scotland and Ireland, St Andrew and St Patrick are huge celebrations but it’s a great shame that does not happen in this country.

“They make a lot more of it than we do and it’s about time we did the same.” For more information about joing a scout group visit or for Hastings Guides on email