IT WAS a special day in Tavistock on Sunday (April 24) when Scouts, Cubs and Beavers took part in the annual St George’s Day parade to honour their patron saint, St George.

The afternoon parade, the first for three years due to Covid, saw everyone involved in the Scouts in the Tavistock area gather together in Bedford car park.

Then at 2.15pm, they marched along Plymouth Road to the parish church of St Eustachius, where a service attended by more than 300 people was taken by the Rev Rosie Illingworth.

Taking part were Scouts, Cubs and Beavers which come under the umbrella of West Devon Scouts: Bere Alston, Bridestowe, Buckland, Horrabridge, Lifton, Walkham Valley and Whitchurch.

Whitchurch led the parade. Also taking part were the West Devon’s Explorer Scouts, for teenagers aged 14 to 18. Dignitaries included Tavistock’s MP Geoffrey Cox and Mayor of West Devon borough Cllr Caroline Mott. After the service, everyone went back to the Guide Hall for a slap-up afternoon tea, prepared by Scouts and Explorer Scouts fundraising for their upcoming trip to the World Scout Jamboree. President of West Devon Scouts Rob Wiggins said the day went very well, and thanked Tavistock Lions Club for doing the road marshalling.