THE Wharfedale District Scouts paraded from The Riverside Gardens in Ilkley to Ilkley Parish Church on St George's Day.

About 500 from the groups in Addingham, Ilkley, Burley, Menston and Otley attended the parade and filled All Saints' church to capacity. Addingham Group organised the service with a play about the story of St George involving lots of their young people. Maz Jennings, cub leader from Addingham helped to read the story. The Vicar Rev Jill Perrett mentioned words which are important to Scouts and their teachings. Each Year the Scout Law and Promise is repeated to confirm a commitment to the principals of Scouting.

Each year St George’s Day Honours are given nationally to leaders with exceptional service. A surprise came to Nicola Carter, assistant Beaver Leader at 1st Ben Rydding when she was presented by Dominic Dodson, the District Commissioner, with her Medal of Merit Award for outstanding services. Nicola has served 1st Ben Rydding as a leader for approximately 20 years. Pete Dickinson Commissioner for Beaver Scouts received his special Silver Acorn Award for specially distinguished services to Scouting at Windsor Last week in the Presence of Bear Grylls The Chief Scout.

Ilkley Air Cadets very kindly headed the parade with their small band and a bag piper from Addingham also helped.

Dominic Dobson, the District Commissioner extended thanks to all the Commissioners, Executive Members, Leaders and Supporters for all they do to support and develop Scouting here in the District, which is one of the largest at nearly 1,000 members.

Otley Methodists were awarded the annual trophy for the Smartest Group on Parade in their yellow and red necker chiefs. Information about how to get involved as a helper/leader or join Scouting can be obtained from David Shaw, the Community and PR Commissioner on 07740797281 or