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More than 100 young people paraded through Rugby town centre at the weekend to celebrate St George’s Day.

England’s patron saint is also the patron saint of the Scouting movement – and those inspired by his courageous example thronged the streets on Sunday.

And they were joined by another symbol of patriotic valour – a Second World War Spitfire, which flew over the procession as it made its way up North Street.

Stopping at the Clock Tower to salute the Rugby Mayor Cllr Tony Gillias and visiting dignitaries, the parade continued through the town centre to Lawrence Sheriff School where a service was held to celebrate the story of St George. More than 100 young people were commended for achieving their Chief Scout’s awards and a combined total of 180 years’ service awards were presented to adult volunteers from across the town.

The celebration with live music, popular songs and dancing was attended by 12 Scout groups from Rugby and parents, friends and family were welcomed to the event.

Donations were made to Mary’s Backpack Appeal, which sends educational materials to children in environments where war, poverty and famine impede their chance of education.

* Parade pictures courtesy of Rugby Scouts

* Spitfire pictures courtesy of Philip Goldsack

 

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