Campfire style songs showcased as youth led service celebrates Saint George
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A parade and service in honour of the patron saint of Scouting and England has been hailed a success – as young people of the Lowestoft District Scout Association surprised the congregation.
Not only did the youngsters choose the songs to replace the hymns at the service, they also performed sketches and the Beavers even gave a rendition of 'Baby Shark'.
Prior to the service the district's Youth Commissioners led more than 500 patriotic young Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their leaders as they marched along St Margaret's Road to the church.
The parade of smartly dressed six to 25-year-olds included the District Explorer and Scout Network Unit, the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 4th Lowestoft, 1st Oulton Broad, 14th Lowestoft, 1st Blundeston, 2nd Carlton Colville, 1st Carlton Colville and 1st Pakefield groups.
The leaders gave a salute along the way to dignitaries assembled outside Poplars Primary School, including Waveney MP Peter Aldous, Mayor of Lowestoft Ian Graham, Deputy County Commissioner Peter Jarvis, Lowestoft Scouts District Commissioner Mel Buck and Assistant Divisional Commissioner for Lowestoft Guiding Pat Whittaker.
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Outside the church entrance, the colour parties formed a traditional arch through which the parade and congregation passed.
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The service, led by Rev Michael Asquith, featured some traditional parts such as the renewal of the Beaver, Cub and Scout promises.
Speaking about the changes to the service District Commissioner Mr Buck said, 'This year's parade and service has been totally youth led.
'Since last year's parade our Youth Commissioners have visited all the groups and have spoken to the young people and asked them what they wanted at the St George's service.
'The Beavers, cubs and scouts suggested that they would like the hymns replaced with campfire style songs such as 'When the Saints Go Marching in' and 'Kum By Yah'.'
'We still had prayers read by the Explorers and 4th Lowestoft Scouts but the scripture readings were replaced by songs and sketches performed by the youngsters themselves including a version of 'Baby Shark' renamed Beaver Shark for the occasion.
'We made the whole occasion more of what they wanted. I think it worked very well and I thank everyone involved.'