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Scouts mark St George's Day with special parades in Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe and Ipswich - photos and video

PUBLISHED: 17:31 24 April 2016 | UPDATED: 20:59 24 April 2016

The St George's Day parade on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds.

The St George's Day parade on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds.

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Scouts from across the region marked the festival of England's patron saint with colourful parades in town centres.

They marched to special church services to mark St George’s Day – although many had to struggle through cold rain and even sleet to make it to their event.

The largest parades were in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and Felixstowe where many Scout groups came together to mark the day. 
In Ipswich they gathered on the Cornhill under the watchful eye of mayor Glen Chisholm before marching off for a special service at St Mary le Tower church.

Scouts from across the town and from villages to the south and west of Ipswich took part in the colourful parade.

As the final drumbeat faded away at the end of the Bury St Edmunds parade on St George’s Day, it was instead replaced by a light tapping as hail began to fall on the hundreds of Scouts, Guides and spectators assembled in the Abbey Gardens.

The parade had done well to avoid a deluge earlier, with ominous clouds gathering as they left the gardens just after 2.30pm today and headed along Angel Hill towards St Mary’s Church.

Scout commissioner Alan Chilestone said: “The kids loved it. The whole service was on community – that was the theme for the year – and the curate did a wonderful job talking about community and building walls and knocking them down.”

He was with Haley Rolph, from the 1st Lakenheath group, who said it had been a “fantastic turnout”.

Mr Chilestone added this was his 35th consecutive St George’s Day parade through Bury. He is now Scout leader at Mildenhall: “It’s changed a lot,” he said. “We take girls in now and have the Beavers, which we didn’t have then.

“It looks the biggest parade in Bury St Edmunds – we filled the church.”

Hundreds of youngsters paraded along the seafront in Felixstowe from the leisure centre to the Spa Pavilion.

And in Woodbridge scouts from the Deben district gathered in front of the Shire Hall for their event.

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