More than 800 Scouts and Guides will march through Hitchin on Sunday 24th April as part of their annual St George’s Day Parade.

The parade is held on the Sunday closest to St George's Day, who is also the patron saint of the Scouting movement.

Members are asked to meet on the grass area by arches adjacent to St Marys Church/Lower Car Park, Portmill Lane by 2pm, 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 along Queen Street and Bridge Street, led by the Epping Forest Pipe Band. (Please note the change in parade route for this year due to the roadworks in Hitchin). 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.

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

The Scouts and Guides will convene in the Market Square for a short service and the renewal of their promises read by Connor (Beaver Scout) Sophie (Cub Scout) and Leo (Scouts). 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 Tom Lewis from Christchurch.

The parade will end with a couple of traditional Scout Campfire songs led by the Explorer Leader, Phil Hobbs.

A collection will be taken on behalf of the Cheshire Disability, who support disabled people in the UK and around the world to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.

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

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.