Bournemouth and Poole Scouts' St George's parades fall victim to weather

Scout leader Will Saunders in Bournemouth this morning. Pic: Sally Adams

Scout leader Will Saunders in Bournemouth this morning. Pic: Sally Adams

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SUNDAY’S Scouts’ St George’s Day parades in Bournemouth and Poole have been been cancelled because of the weather.

With torrential showers hitting the area, the decision was taken to call the events off.

Scouts, Beavers and Cubs had been due to form up at Durley Chine at 10am before parading to the bandstand at the Lower Gardens in the town centre to renew their promise.

Scout leader Will Saunders, who organised the parade, said: "We had our fingers crossed but we have had to call it off.

"We’ve got a lot of wet kids here but they’ll soon dry off."

Hundreds of scouts were expected to take part in the march.

Mr Saunders said it was the first time the parade had been called off due to bad weather in "a very long time".

“It’s the first time it’s been called-off since I’ve been a scout leader,” he said.

"Apparently it was cancelled eight years ago for a different reason but before then the last time it was cancelled was in the 80s."

At 10.30am, Poole’s parade was also called off, with the bad weather forecast to continue.

The parade had been due to form up on Poole Quay, by the old lifting bridge, at 2pm, before moving off at 2.30pm.

It was then planned to follow the quay, passing the sculpture of Scouting founder Lord Baden Powell, before Mayor Cllr Philip Eades took the salute.

The parade was due to end at the old lifeboat house, where the youngsters would have renewed their promise before being dismissed.

 

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1:45pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Wackerone says...

Must be going soft now, not the Scouting movement that I remember from many years past when we marched in whatever was thrown at us even if it meant putting on a packamac or plastic cape. Baden Powell must be turning in his grave.
Must be going soft now, not the Scouting movement that I remember from many years past when we marched in whatever was thrown at us even if it meant putting on a packamac or plastic cape. Baden Powell must be turning in his grave. Wackerone
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Sun 27 Apr 14

tazzys says...

Difference is they're not allowed to wear coats these days!
Difference is they're not allowed to wear coats these days! tazzys
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Sun 27 Apr 14

MissAnne says...

Having been there I can say that a very many Scouts turned out and we were very wet and the young people were very wet, cold and uncomfortable. But a very big well done to those who organized the event so well and to all those who came to join in.
Having been there I can say that a very many Scouts turned out and we were very wet and the young people were very wet, cold and uncomfortable. But a very big well done to those who organized the event so well and to all those who came to join in. MissAnne
  • Score: 9

8:38pm Sun 27 Apr 14

SympatheticSam says...

Scouts is just organised religion in disguise.
Scouts is just organised religion in disguise. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -8

4:17am Mon 28 Apr 14

attra says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
Scouts is just organised religion in disguise.
So what? Even if it were, nobody is forced there screaming. My son has some of his best memories from there, and as an only child who hated school, it filled many an otherwise lonely evening and it's where he met his life long best friend.
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: Scouts is just organised religion in disguise.[/p][/quote]So what? Even if it were, nobody is forced there screaming. My son has some of his best memories from there, and as an only child who hated school, it filled many an otherwise lonely evening and it's where he met his life long best friend. attra
  • Score: 2

6:10am Mon 28 Apr 14

MartiC says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
Scouts is just organised religion in disguise.
The internet TROLL strikes again ,,,
Patheticsamantha ...
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: Scouts is just organised religion in disguise.[/p][/quote]The internet TROLL strikes again ,,, Patheticsamantha ... MartiC
  • Score: 3

4:39pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Phixer says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
Scouts is just organised religion in disguise.
Shopping is a religion to many people, organised by the big retailers. And they atrract more people on Sundays.
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: Scouts is just organised religion in disguise.[/p][/quote]Shopping is a religion to many people, organised by the big retailers. And they atrract more people on Sundays. Phixer
  • Score: 0

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