Once again thousands attend the annual Parade and Service
This from John Ives:
Over 2000 members of the Scout Association and Girlguiding from the York area celebrated St George’s Day with their annual procession through York City Centre and a service in York Minster on Sunday, 23 April (this year falling on St George's Day itself!).
The procession, which is reputed to be the largest in England, left the Eye of York at 1.15pm and was watched by the many shoppers and tourists as it passed through the city centre on its way to York Minster.
This year’s celebration was based on the values of St George and celebrated the founders of Scouting and Girlguiding, as well as England’s Patron Saint, St George. All members of both organisations were glad to be back ‘home’ in York Minster this year after they celebrated in the Museum Garden’s last year as the Minster was unavailable due to preparations for the Mystery Plays. Within the service Revd Francis Loftus gave a short address on the values, courage and faith of St George and how all present should be encouraged to always try their best.
The young people were joined in the service by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, the York Civic Party, the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council and Rachael Maskell MP (who read the lesson).
Following the service the procession returned to the Eye of York with the salute being taken outside the Dean Court Hotel.
Well done York Districts, once again "showing the Flag"