Girlguides to host St George’s Day parade

St George's Day Parade from St Mary's Church down the Hight Street to the Town Hall.'Banbury St Hugh's.'090419E-C216 NNL-140104-151401001
St George's Day Parade from St Mary's Church down the Hight Street to the Town Hall.'Banbury St Hugh's.'090419E-C216 NNL-140104-151401001

Girlguides across Banburyshire will march through the town centre this year to celebrate St George’s Day.

Banbury’s parade had been organised by the Scout Association in previous years, but for the first time last year it was relocated to the former RAF base at Upper Heyford to cater for more Scout groups.

“I think it is really important the town has a parade in Banbury. I remember when I was a young girl I celebrated St George’s Day when I was growing up in Yorkshire, and I know some of the girls enjoy doing it today.”

Catherine Blackbury, 1st Deddington Girl Guides

And now members of the Girlguiding Cherwell Division have elected to organise a separate parade through Banbury, which sets off from Broad Street on Sunday, April 26 at 2.30pm and goes up the High Street, along Market Place and up Parsons Street before going through Church Walk and finishing up at St Mary’s Church in Horse Fair.

Catherine Blackburn is part of 1st Deddington Girl Guides, and is looking forward to the event coming back to the town.

She said: “The Scouts have always organised the St George’s Day parade and have always invited the Girl Guides to attend. Last year they decided not to do the parade in Banbury and when we found out, it was too late for us to do something.We decided the girls should enjoy the parade and it is a nice opportunity to tell people more about what we do. There are not many opportunities to do something like this in the town.”

Mrs Blackburn added that despite the absence of a St George’s Day Parade in Banbury last year, waiting lists for girls wanting to join Girl Guides is continuing to increase.

The movement has been going for more than a century, and sees girls aged from five join Rainbows and develop a range of skills such as arts and crafts, cooking and games. They then advance to join Brownies before becoming Guides at the age of 14.

Mrs Blackburn said: “I think it is really important the town has a parade in Banbury. I remember when I was a young girl I celebrated St George’s Day when I was growing up in Yorkshire, and I know some of the girls enjoy doing it today. My own daughter is now old enough to take part in this year’s event and she is really looking forward to it.”

On the same day as the Girl Guides, Scout troops from across North Oxfordshire will also join together for their St George’s Day parade at Upper Heyford on Sunday, April 26.