Salute to St George

The combined Scouts march down the former runway at Upper Heyford

The combined Scouts march down the former runway at Upper Heyford

First published in News

SCOUTS, Cubs and Beavers paraded on a disused runway on a former USAF air base to celebrate St George’s Day.

The groups, from both Bicester and Banbury, marched at Heyford Park, Upper Heyford, for the first time on Sunday, carrying flags and banging drums in a “festival of Scouting”.

St George is the patron saint of Scouting and Robert Scott, campfire warden at Horley Scout Camp Site, near Banbury, said it was an “important day”.

The 65-year-old father-of-two is a former Scout and has been involved in Scouting as an adult for 34 years.

He said: “When Scouts join up we make a promise, and on St George’s Day we come together to renew that promise.

“It is also an opportunity to celebrate England and be proud of our country.”

After the parade, hot drinks and cakes were sold to fundraise for an Oxfordshire contingent to be sent to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, which will be held in 2015 in Japan.

Activities also included biscuit decorating, knot challenges and flag signalling.

The parade was one of a number taking place around Oxfordshire.

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