12:09PM, Monday 25 April 2016
Hundreds of beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers marked St George’s Day with their annual parade in Maidenhead and a renewal of their promises.
Starting at Stafferton Way, about 500 youngsters from groups across the town marched to Braywick Nature Centre, in Hibbert Road on Sunday.
While there, they enjoyed a range of games and other activities, including sack races, egg and spoon races and tug of wars.
They then assembled to hear updates on various scouting projects, including the recent Project Africa trip to Uganda, and held a collection for children’s charity Daisy’s Dream, before singing the National Anthem and heading home for the day.
Speaking afterwards, Maidenhead district commissioner Graham Parkins said: “We’ve had a really good turnout and been really lucky with the weather – not that we care about that, we are scouts after all.
“It’s great because it’s the one time the whole district, beavers, cubs and scouts, gets together.
“We come here because we can let our hair down a bit, have some fun and games and come together as a family and a unit.
“And there’s also the serious side where we renew our scout promises.”
Police were called to the River Thames between Cookham and Bourne End yesterday at about 3pm, to reports that a teenage boy had entered the water but hadn’t been seen to leave.