Hundreds of Scouts and Guides will march through Hitchin on Sunday 22nd April as part of their annual St George’s Day Parade. St George is the patron saint of the Scouting movement.

This year's parade has the potential to be the largest one ever again, as recent census figures have revealed that there are now 1,150 members of Scouting in Hitchin, a 6.5% increase from 2017. Since 2007 the membership in the town has increased by 60%, however the District are still looking for more volunteers as many Groups still have long waiting lists of young people wanting to join the movement.

Hitchin Guides will be joining Hitchin Scouts for the fourth year in a row to parade through the town.

Members are asked to meet on the grass area near Woodside Car Park & Windmill Hill by 2.15pm, wearing full uniform.

Parents and members of the public are welcome to watch from the side of the road, as the young people aged 6 to 18, parade in their uniforms, led by the Epping Forest Pipe Band. They will begin parading at approximately 2.30pm. Parents and members of the public are kindly asked to stay on the pavement while the young people parade and not enter the road.

The Scouts and Guides will convene in the Market Square for a short service and the renewal of their promises. The service in the Market Square will begin at approximately 3.00pm and be finished by 3.45pm.

Welcomes will be given by District Commissioner, Tony Hankin. The service will be led by Helen Bainbridge on behalf of Phase.

The parade will end with a couple of traditional Scout Campfire songs led by Scout Leaders, Barry Rust and Christian Frisch.

Hitchin Scouts would like to thank Epping Forest Pipe Band, Herts Highways, NHDC and local Police for assisting with the parade.

There will be a collection during the service in favour of Scouts Against Malaria.

Please Note: In the event of wet weather, the parade logistics may change. Members will be contacted by their Leaders if the weather becomes an issue.

You can find out more about Hitchin Scouts and the opportunities for getting involved at www.hitchinscouts.org/volunteering or follow them on Twitter @hitchinscouts.