Diamond Jubilee Parade 2012
On Sunday 10th June 2012, a total 845 Beavers, Cubs. Scouts, Explorers and Leaders gathered in the playground of ‘Waterloo Rd. ( former Greenock Academy) to parade to Westburn Church for their annual church service and to celebrate the Diamond jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Parade supported by three Pipe Bands marched along Finnart St turning into Nelson St and then to the Church where they were welcomed by the invited Guests including the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark, Mrs Clark., Provost Robert Moran, MP Ian McKenzie, Mrs McKenzie, MSP Duncan McNeil, Mrs NcNeil, Cllr Ciano Rebecchi and senior members of Greenock & District Scouting.
As parents and family joined in, the church was packed with over 1,000 taking part in the Service that was led by Ms Jennifer Boag and Father John Morrison. The musical accompaniment was provided by the Steadfast Band.
The theme of the Service was that of the Diamond Jubilee.
After the reception of colours by the clergy and the opening hymn – ‘Shine Jesus Shine’, the first prayer was read by Jennifer Boag.
District Commissioner David McCallum introduced the Jubilee Theme. A Queen Scout, from each decade of the Queen’s reign, was called to give a brief account of their receipt of the badge. The oldest (Douglas Horn) received his King’s Scout Award in 1948. Next was:- Douglas Brown from the 50’s. Douglas Telfar from the 60’s, Graham Kirkpatrick from the 70’s, Carrie Gibson from the 80’s. Johnnie Webb from the 90’s and Martin Keane from the present decade.
The second Hymn – ‘All things bright and beautiful’ was introduced by Jennifer Boag and the second Prayer was read by Father Morrison.
The renewal of Promises was led by ADC Beavers – Liz Roders, ADC Cubs – Jayne Wylie and DC David McCallum for Scouts and Senior sections.
ADC Training – Shirley Cairney presented a number of Wood Beads to new Leaders who had completed their training.
The District Commissioner the invited the Lord Lieutenant to present Long Service Certificates to a number of Leaders.
The Lord Lieutenant read out a letter, from the Chief Clerk to the Queen , in which thanks were given to members of Greenock & District for their loyal greetings to Her Majesty sent on the occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary of The Queen’s Accession to the Throne.
She had learned of of our service on the 10th June to matrk the Diamond Jubilee and sends her best wishes to all concerned for a most memorable and enjoyable event.
The final Presentation by the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark was to the recipient of the Silver Wolf – Alexander Buchanan
DC David McCallum then read out a letter from the Scottish Commissioner Graham Haddock addressed to Alex.
Both Graham and Alex are former members of the 45th.
The letter reads:-
I was absolutely delighted when I heard that you had been awarded the silver Wolf by the Chief scout. I had been looking forward to being able to present your award in person. Unfortunately, as you know, I am in Aberdeen at Scotland’s Annual Award Day today, and will not be able to attend Greenock and district’s annual Parade, which you are attending as a Guest of Honour. Please accept my warmest best wishes on the presentation of your Silver Wolf.
In many respects, my appointment as Chief Commissioner last year started when I joined the 45thRenfrew & Inverclyde Scout Group as a Cub scout under the watchful eye of Margaret Dick, Cub scout Leader in 1968. I then moved on to the Scouts where you were my Scout Leader. I have many fond memories of my time in the 45th, although camping was obviously not my strong point, having been sent home from both Cub and scout camps with homesickness. My Chief Scout’s Award was due in no small measure to the work of both you and your successor Willie Stewart, when you handed of the reins of the troop to become Group Scout Leader.
You can be very proud of what you have achieved in Scouting in all of the rolls that you have had over 53 years of Service.
I know that you were delighted when the 45th number was resurrected for the Quarrier’s Village Scout group. I share that delight. I am extremely proud to have been a Greenock scout and even more proud to have been a 45th Scout. I owe you a great debt of thanks for introducing me to Scouting as a youngster and to what has become such a major part of my life.
I hope you enjoy your day
Best wishes Yours sincerely
Graham Haddock Chief Commissioner for Scotland
As the service drew to a close, The Lord Lieutenant read the Diamond Jubilee Prayer saying
God of time and eternity whose Son reigns as servant, not master; we give you thanks and praise that you have blessed this Nation, the realms and territories with ELIZABETH, our beloved and glorious Queen.
In this year of Jubilee, grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God and in devoted service to her lands and peoples, and those of the Commonwealth, Now and all the days of her life;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The colours were then returned and the Benediction given by Jennifer Boag.
The National Anthem was then sung.
Whilst the congregation sang the final hymn – ‘The lord of the dance’, the flag party led the clergy and principle participants out of the Church.
The parade reformed in Ardgowan St to march along Union St. and Newark St where the District Chairman and guests took the salute.
Finally, the Parade was back to the playground where the started.
When they had formed in Groups, Provost Moran presented the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award to three Beavers from the 57th – Adam Keyes, Andrew Arkley and Craig Dyer. He also presented the Chief Scout Gold Award to Helen Clocherty ot the 70th and Andrew Hearl of the 6th.
The parade dismissed after a word of thanks from David McCallum. The returns given by the Group scout leaders gave a total of 845 on parade.
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