More than 250 Leighton Scouts brought St George’s Day to a fitting climax with a parade of flags and a service in All Saints’ Church. Meeting in the evening sunshine in Parsons Close recreation ground, the scouts formed a colourful spectacle as they marched past the saluting base at the Leighton Buzzard war memorial before filling the church to capacity.
The salute was taken by district commissioner Andy Goddon. Andy said: “This year we had a record 69 honours in the district. Our young people have worked really hard. There were 58 Chief Scout Awards to beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers who had completed a range of challenges. We also presented three Duke of Edinburgh Awards, including a prestigious gold award. Then we had seven volunteers who were awarded long service medals.”
County commissioner Bob Calver attended the service and was there to present Andy Goddon with a bar to his award for merit. Bob said: “This is a richly deserved award for one of our hard working district commissioners who has helped to put Leighton Buzzard on the map.”