Scout group walk saved by £600 windfall

South Ribble Scouts St George's Day Parade at St Mary's RC Parish Church, Leyland.'26th April 2015
South Ribble Scouts St George's Day Parade at St Mary's RC Parish Church, Leyland.'26th April 2015
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A scout group’s important St George’s Day parade has been saved.

A £600 windfall has meant the scouts and their leaders can proudly take part in their cherished annual walk again this year.

Lancashire County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson has stepped in to keep South

Ribble District Scout Council’s St George’s Day parade going.

He has donated a

£600 county council local member grant towards traffic management.

The group is required to employ such services to ensure the safety of all taking part in the walk from Leyland town centre to Worden Park on April 24.

County councillor Tomlinson, who represents Leyland central division on the county council, said: “Clearly, as the police budgets have been stretched, they no longer are prepared to supply marshals for parades such as this.

“Obviously the St George’s Day parade is a major part of local scouting.

“I think this is the second or third year I’ve provided funding for them.

“As a former scout myself, I’m delighted to be able to help them in any way I can.”

The parade would have been in serious doubt if the cash had not been forthcoming.

June Holt, district commissioner for South Ribble Scouts, was absolutely delighted.

“That’s fantastic,” she said. “It’s an official thing.

“We have to have the road closed by a traffic management company. We’re all volunteers and a charity, we have to look for grants.”

She added: “The parade would have been in jeopardy if the money hadn’t been given.

“It’s a big amount of money to have.

“We have to pay for activities such as events and look for as much money as we can.”

Michelle Lynch, group leader of the 2nd Leyland Scouts, said: “I think speaking for everyone in the scouts, we’re very pleased it will go ahead.

“We’ve been struggling for funds to get the roads closed for a few years.

“The parade is very important to us.

“It’s great we’ve got that money.”

Parade marshalling has put a lot of strain on organisations staging such events.

Churches, who put on walking days, and other organisation, such as scouts with their annual parades, have been told police might be unable to marshall events owing to economic and staffing cuts.

Traditional parades and walking days are seen an important part of Lancashire’s heritage and organisations are desperately keen to see them continue.