Beavers, cubs, scouts and leaders from the Alderley District braved the rain to take part in the annual St George's Day Parade today on Sunday, 24th April.
Led by the Alderley District Scout Band nearly 300 scouts marched from the playing field up Chorley Hall Lane and through the centre of the village to St Phillips & St James' Church for the service.
The church was packed for the St George's Day Service led by Rev Jane Parry.
District Commissioner, Stephen Buckley said "The service was lively event with Handforth Scout Group doing a great piece of the centenary of Cub Scouts. The Vicar, Rev Jane Parry 'stole the show' with a talk based on the theme of Celebration - 300 excited kids with balloons and party poppers!"
Rev Jane Parry said "The Scouts were as fantastic and enthusiastic as always. The Cubs section is 100 years old this year and they celebrated this by going through the 'Decades of Cub Scouting' which was most interesting. I reflected this celebration in my talk when we let off party-poppers and balloons to celebrate all we have to be thankful for."
Rev Jane Parry added "We are delighted here at St Philip and St James to be holding this St George's Parade every year and supporting the Scouting movement."
After the service the parade marched across the road to the park where celebrations continued with a Grand Howl.
Stephen Buckley said "Cub meetings always finish with a noisy ceremony called the Grand Howl. As it is the centenary of Cubs, we thought it would be special to have all the District take part in a huge one in the park. It went surprisingly well and everyone seemed to enjoy it!
"After the Grand Howl and the traditional "Ogi, Ogi, Ogi!" the Parade dismissed and went home to dry off..."
This was the first year the Scouts had marshalled the parade themselves, helped by volunteers as well as members of the Road Dragons MCC and the North West 4x4 Response Team.
Stephen added "Thanks to all who helped make it another successful event."