Thousands of Scouts and Guides mark St George's Day in Colchester parade

Thousands of Scouts and Guides mark St George's Day in Colchester parade

PHOTO: MATT BARKER

PHOTO: MATT BARKER

PHOTO: MATT BARKER

First published in News

THOUSANDS of scouts and guides paraded through Colchester to mark St George’s Day.

About 2,000 boys and girls also renewed their promise behind Colchester Castle yesterday.

The Brownie Guides were given the honour of leading the parade to mark their 100th anniversary.

Families also lined Colchester High Street during the parade, which took place at about 3pm.

Colin Sykes, Colchester Mayor, welcomed the parade into High Street after attending a church service in St Peter’s Church, in North Hill.

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell, president of Colchester Scouts, attended the parade and was “very proud and very impressed” with the turnout.

Amongst those taking part were two of Sir Bob’s grandsons, both of whom are members of the 1st Colchester Scout Group which is amongst the oldest in the world, having been formed in 1908.

Mr Stuart Gibson, District Commissioner for Colchester Estuary District Scouts, added the turnout was “phenomenal”.

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7:16pm Mon 28 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

St George was Greek and of European decent, such a shame that we are trying to divorce ourselves from Europe and probably Scotland too.
Hardly the Colchester Tattoo though was it? bands out of tune and marching not in step?
The glory days are long gone:
But one supposes it was better than nothing.
St George was Greek and of European decent, such a shame that we are trying to divorce ourselves from Europe and probably Scotland too. Hardly the Colchester Tattoo though was it? bands out of tune and marching not in step? The glory days are long gone: But one supposes it was better than nothing. A Very Private Gentleman
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7:20pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Ontheball says...

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  • Score: 4

7:26pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
St George was Greek and of European decent, such a shame that we are trying to divorce ourselves from Europe and probably Scotland too.
Hardly the Colchester Tattoo though was it? bands out of tune and marching not in step?
The glory days are long gone:
But one supposes it was better than nothing.
Well done to all the Leaders, Young People and parents/carers who turned out on Sunday. There were thousands of members in the Castle Park and even the sun made an appearance. A lovely Sunday afternoon had by all.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: St George was Greek and of European decent, such a shame that we are trying to divorce ourselves from Europe and probably Scotland too. Hardly the Colchester Tattoo though was it? bands out of tune and marching not in step? The glory days are long gone: But one supposes it was better than nothing.[/p][/quote]Well done to all the Leaders, Young People and parents/carers who turned out on Sunday. There were thousands of members in the Castle Park and even the sun made an appearance. A lovely Sunday afternoon had by all. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 6

9:34pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Angry of Lexden says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
St George was Greek and of European decent, such a shame that we are trying to divorce ourselves from Europe and probably Scotland too.
Hardly the Colchester Tattoo though was it? bands out of tune and marching not in step?
The glory days are long gone:
But one supposes it was better than nothing.
Avpg,

I am moved to suggest you are a total, complete and utter waste of a human skin.

My 10 and 13 year old sons Marched yesterday. My other five children all attended Guides or Scouts. My wife has run a guide unit for thirty three years. My dad and I were scouts.

And you dare to make cheap jibes at the scouting movement and my family. Scouting engenders a sense of duty which endures throughout life and transcends the increasingly poor behaviour of those who worry more about missing an episode of east enders than bringing their families up with true values.

The bands were simply inspiring. I would be interested to know if you believe you are associated with anything of the quality that scouting brings.

I rarely agree with Bob Russell but his enduring support of scouting is one.

I suggest you resign and quit this dialogue permantly.

I
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: St George was Greek and of European decent, such a shame that we are trying to divorce ourselves from Europe and probably Scotland too. Hardly the Colchester Tattoo though was it? bands out of tune and marching not in step? The glory days are long gone: But one supposes it was better than nothing.[/p][/quote]Avpg, I am moved to suggest you are a total, complete and utter waste of a human skin. My 10 and 13 year old sons Marched yesterday. My other five children all attended Guides or Scouts. My wife has run a guide unit for thirty three years. My dad and I were scouts. And you dare to make cheap jibes at the scouting movement and my family. Scouting engenders a sense of duty which endures throughout life and transcends the increasingly poor behaviour of those who worry more about missing an episode of east enders than bringing their families up with true values. The bands were simply inspiring. I would be interested to know if you believe you are associated with anything of the quality that scouting brings. I rarely agree with Bob Russell but his enduring support of scouting is one. I suggest you resign and quit this dialogue permantly. I Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 1

7:39am Tue 29 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

You calling me a waste of human skin is the dialogue that needs to be quit.
As for your other posts on this paper are you not the big shot employer in Lexden that boasts quite a bit about your wealth and opinions etc?
Yes i know a bit about scouting I was in 1st Colchester cubs back in the 60's I found it patronizing and quite condescending and the people running it were somewhat strange.
As for my musical credentials I was a senior musician in 308 Squadron Air Training Corps (Colchester) band.
If you recall or have any acumen of our history we were one of the best in the country.
I find scouting nothing more than a good old jolly after school club, the children should be groomed in better pass-times more productive to the defence of the country, than sitting around a camp fire singing ging gang goolie.
I much prefer The Army Cadet Force/ The Naval Sea Cadet Service/The Air Training Corps/The Royal Marine Cadet Corps.
If you read my remarks properly the jest was about St George being Greek and it was suggesting how hypocritical we are as an island nation.
The out of step and out of tune stuff was just an add on.
I was forever wasting my time in getting your lot up to speed in a very short time with my W.O. Bandmaster in the 70's, to save embarrassment on St Georges day in-front of regular full time military bands like the Worcestershire and Sherwood foresters.
It might be all fun and sticky buns for you, it was hard work for us. Not anynore thank G*d.+
You calling me a waste of human skin is the dialogue that needs to be quit. As for your other posts on this paper are you not the big shot employer in Lexden that boasts quite a bit about your wealth and opinions etc? Yes i know a bit about scouting I was in 1st Colchester cubs back in the 60's I found it patronizing and quite condescending and the people running it were somewhat strange. As for my musical credentials I was a senior musician in 308 Squadron Air Training Corps (Colchester) band. If you recall or have any acumen of our history we were one of the best in the country. I find scouting nothing more than a good old jolly after school club, the children should be groomed in better pass-times more productive to the defence of the country, than sitting around a camp fire singing ging gang goolie. I much prefer The Army Cadet Force/ The Naval Sea Cadet Service/The Air Training Corps/The Royal Marine Cadet Corps. If you read my remarks properly the jest was about St George being Greek and it was suggesting how hypocritical we are as an island nation. The out of step and out of tune stuff was just an add on. I was forever wasting my time in getting your lot up to speed in a very short time with my W.O. Bandmaster in the 70's, to save embarrassment on St Georges day in-front of regular full time military bands like the Worcestershire and Sherwood foresters. It might be all fun and sticky buns for you, it was hard work for us. Not anynore thank G*d.+ A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 0

8:08am Tue 29 Apr 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
You calling me a waste of human skin is the dialogue that needs to be quit.
As for your other posts on this paper are you not the big shot employer in Lexden that boasts quite a bit about your wealth and opinions etc?
Yes i know a bit about scouting I was in 1st Colchester cubs back in the 60's I found it patronizing and quite condescending and the people running it were somewhat strange.
As for my musical credentials I was a senior musician in 308 Squadron Air Training Corps (Colchester) band.
If you recall or have any acumen of our history we were one of the best in the country.
I find scouting nothing more than a good old jolly after school club, the children should be groomed in better pass-times more productive to the defence of the country, than sitting around a camp fire singing ging gang goolie.
I much prefer The Army Cadet Force/ The Naval Sea Cadet Service/The Air Training Corps/The Royal Marine Cadet Corps.
If you read my remarks properly the jest was about St George being Greek and it was suggesting how hypocritical we are as an island nation.
The out of step and out of tune stuff was just an add on.
I was forever wasting my time in getting your lot up to speed in a very short time with my W.O. Bandmaster in the 70's, to save embarrassment on St Georges day in-front of regular full time military bands like the Worcestershire and Sherwood foresters.
It might be all fun and sticky buns for you, it was hard work for us. Not anynore thank G*d.+
No dib-dib-dibbers anymore. In Colchester alone we have excellent facilities for young people such as the sailing centre at West Mersea and the excellent camp at Thorrington.

It is also unfair to compare the music provided by the bands to the Training Corp band.

Learn more about the Scout movement at scouts.org.uk.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: You calling me a waste of human skin is the dialogue that needs to be quit. As for your other posts on this paper are you not the big shot employer in Lexden that boasts quite a bit about your wealth and opinions etc? Yes i know a bit about scouting I was in 1st Colchester cubs back in the 60's I found it patronizing and quite condescending and the people running it were somewhat strange. As for my musical credentials I was a senior musician in 308 Squadron Air Training Corps (Colchester) band. If you recall or have any acumen of our history we were one of the best in the country. I find scouting nothing more than a good old jolly after school club, the children should be groomed in better pass-times more productive to the defence of the country, than sitting around a camp fire singing ging gang goolie. I much prefer The Army Cadet Force/ The Naval Sea Cadet Service/The Air Training Corps/The Royal Marine Cadet Corps. If you read my remarks properly the jest was about St George being Greek and it was suggesting how hypocritical we are as an island nation. The out of step and out of tune stuff was just an add on. I was forever wasting my time in getting your lot up to speed in a very short time with my W.O. Bandmaster in the 70's, to save embarrassment on St Georges day in-front of regular full time military bands like the Worcestershire and Sherwood foresters. It might be all fun and sticky buns for you, it was hard work for us. Not anynore thank G*d.+[/p][/quote]No dib-dib-dibbers anymore. In Colchester alone we have excellent facilities for young people such as the sailing centre at West Mersea and the excellent camp at Thorrington. It is also unfair to compare the music provided by the bands to the Training Corp band. Learn more about the Scout movement at scouts.org.uk. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 3

9:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Angry of Lexden says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
You calling me a waste of human skin is the dialogue that needs to be quit.
As for your other posts on this paper are you not the big shot employer in Lexden that boasts quite a bit about your wealth and opinions etc?
Yes i know a bit about scouting I was in 1st Colchester cubs back in the 60's I found it patronizing and quite condescending and the people running it were somewhat strange.
As for my musical credentials I was a senior musician in 308 Squadron Air Training Corps (Colchester) band.
If you recall or have any acumen of our history we were one of the best in the country.
I find scouting nothing more than a good old jolly after school club, the children should be groomed in better pass-times more productive to the defence of the country, than sitting around a camp fire singing ging gang goolie.
I much prefer The Army Cadet Force/ The Naval Sea Cadet Service/The Air Training Corps/The Royal Marine Cadet Corps.
If you read my remarks properly the jest was about St George being Greek and it was suggesting how hypocritical we are as an island nation.
The out of step and out of tune stuff was just an add on.
I was forever wasting my time in getting your lot up to speed in a very short time with my W.O. Bandmaster in the 70's, to save embarrassment on St Georges day in-front of regular full time military bands like the Worcestershire and Sherwood foresters.
It might be all fun and sticky buns for you, it was hard work for us. Not anynore thank G*d.+
My dear avpg,

Your response does not improve my opinion of your ill judged and rude comment on what was for those taking part a great day.

So you were a scout!

Although it's not a good sentiment for an ex scout to express, I feel grateful you left the movement. The Fleet Air Arm's loss was scoutings gain - if you can work that out.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: You calling me a waste of human skin is the dialogue that needs to be quit. As for your other posts on this paper are you not the big shot employer in Lexden that boasts quite a bit about your wealth and opinions etc? Yes i know a bit about scouting I was in 1st Colchester cubs back in the 60's I found it patronizing and quite condescending and the people running it were somewhat strange. As for my musical credentials I was a senior musician in 308 Squadron Air Training Corps (Colchester) band. If you recall or have any acumen of our history we were one of the best in the country. I find scouting nothing more than a good old jolly after school club, the children should be groomed in better pass-times more productive to the defence of the country, than sitting around a camp fire singing ging gang goolie. I much prefer The Army Cadet Force/ The Naval Sea Cadet Service/The Air Training Corps/The Royal Marine Cadet Corps. If you read my remarks properly the jest was about St George being Greek and it was suggesting how hypocritical we are as an island nation. The out of step and out of tune stuff was just an add on. I was forever wasting my time in getting your lot up to speed in a very short time with my W.O. Bandmaster in the 70's, to save embarrassment on St Georges day in-front of regular full time military bands like the Worcestershire and Sherwood foresters. It might be all fun and sticky buns for you, it was hard work for us. Not anynore thank G*d.+[/p][/quote]My dear avpg, Your response does not improve my opinion of your ill judged and rude comment on what was for those taking part a great day. So you were a scout! Although it's not a good sentiment for an ex scout to express, I feel grateful you left the movement. The Fleet Air Arm's loss was scoutings gain - if you can work that out. Angry of Lexden
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