Founders’ Day Parade 2007
This year’s Founders Day Parade took place on Sunday 3rd June. In rather inclement weather, over 800 members of the local Scout Movement met and assembled at the bottom of Campbell Street in readiness for a March Off at 2.00pm.
The Parade was formed into two sections. The first led by the Centenary Pipe Band and the second led by Parkhall Pipes & Drums (Clydebank). In the first section, at the front was the Area Flag Party and the 33rd Group. Immediately behind the 33rd, the Flags of the former 45th & 75th Groups were on parade supported by a strong contingent of ‘Old Boys’. In fact, many of the Groups on parade had their numbers swollen by former members proudly marching behind their old Colours.
The route was up Campbell Street, left along Brougham Street and continuing along Dalrymple Street finally turning right at Hunter’s Place and into the Town Hall. As they passed through Wallace Place, the Salute was taken by our District Commissioner, David McCallum, the Assistant Chief Commisioner Scotland, John Hawthorn and Carrie Gibson.
More than 700 parents and friends joined with the Scouts for the Faith Service which was led by the Rev Liz Crumlish. Guests included Provest McCormack, Rev David Mills tgether with former District Commissioners Archie Hart, John Dick, Colin Carson and Ian Black.
There was a mixture of traditional and modern worship. Kenny Wilson arranged a Gang Show Centenary Choir to assist with Gospel Music and other Scouting Songs. The Assistant District Commissioners and the District Commissioner led the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts together with Leaders and former members in the renewal of their Promise, giving all members an opportunity to together make a joint declaration of how they will live out their lives as Scouts. Founder’s Day celebrations offer a major public opportunity for Scouts to have fun and demonstrate their commitment to Scouting.
Due to they weather, the final Parade to the Wellpark was cancelled. Arrangements were made to have the BBQ within the various parts of the Town Hall. The ‘Party in the Park’ became the ‘Party in the Hall’, Many Parents and friends worked extemely hard to cater for well over a thousand people all wanting a burger and juice. They are applauded for their efforts.
Eventually, people were fed and the Sing Song got under way. What a noisy time was had by all. This was led by Kenny Wilson & David Storey with entertainment from the Pipe Bands and the Wherries, The fun eventually ended and Explorer Scouts, Leaders amd members of the Fellowship were left to restore the Town Hall to a semblance of order. Such was the enjoyment of the afternoon that the early rain was a distant memory.
Congratulations to the District Commissioner and his team for putting together a Founders Day event that young members will still remember when they are ‘Old Boys’
It will be a hard act to follow.
Click on the image below and view a selection of photographs of the day.