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Annual Parade & Service 2014

Greenock & District Scout’s Annual Parade & Church Service took place on Sunday 25th May 2014

The parade assembled in the grounds of Waterloo Road (formerly Greenock Academy) on a day with somewhat mixed weather. Led by the 2nd Port Glasgow BB Band and the 59th (celebrating theie centenary year), they marched along Finnart St. then down Nelson St. to Greenock Westburn Church where they were met by the Rev Karen Harbison and Scottish Scout Commissioner Dr Graham Haddock.

 Together with family & friends, around eight hundred gathered as a congregation  to take part in a simple but meaningful Service led by Rev Karen Harbison.

Use was made of the newly installed audio visual system throughout. As they entered the church, photographs of recent Scout activities were displayed.

The service had a theme of working together and the Commonwealth Games. There was a numder of slides showing the parts of a body disjoimted and not able to function properly. When they were bought together they became one body. Theme theme being that Together Everyone Acheives More. Ruth Bennet of the 70th conducted a quiz on the theme of the Commonwealth Games and the participating countries.

District Commissioner Peter Bennet led Beavers, Cubs Scouts and Adult members in the in the renewal of their Scout Promise where both the original and alternative versions were displayed on the screens.

Two Assistant Scout Leaders from the 59th Group, Pippa Lovelock and Katie Macfarlane, were presented with their Queen Scout Badge by their Group Scout leader Liz Pinkerton

Service Awards were presented by Scottish Commissioner Graham Haddock to Liz Pinkerton (25 years and Eleanor Ross (50 years). Eleanor has held a number of positions as Cub Leader in various packs and is currently Secretary of the District Executive.

 An offering was collected on the day to be shared between the Shelter Box Appeal and Ardgowan Hospice.

At the end of the Service the parade reassembled on Ardgowan St before marching along Ardgowan St, Ardgowan Sq. Union St and Newark St, where  the Salute was taken by Scottish Commissioner Graham Haddock, District Commissioner PeterBennet and Executive Chairman James Deavidson, then back to Waterloo Rd.

 At the end of the day, everyone felt that it had been a great occasion.