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.
The second Hymn – ‘All things bright and beautiful’ was introduced by Jennifer Boag and the second Prayer was read by Father Morrison.
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.
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:-
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 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.
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.
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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