Scouts from across Clitheroe gathered on Sunday for their annual Celebration of Achievement.
Therre was a fantastic turnout for the event, held to celebrate the achievements of Scouts from the district, with Clitheroe Parish Church filled to capacity.
The usual St George’s Day parade through the streets of Clitheroe had to be cancelled this year because not enough volunteer marshals had been trained.
Lancashire Police no longer marshal parades and walks in the county due to budget restraints. They only marshal Remembrance Day events.
Clitheroe District Commissioner Ian MacDonald explained that attempts to find a way around the problem hadn’t been successful, but that he was hopeful that the parade would return next year.
The awards given out at Sunday’s ceremony included 15 Duke of Edinburgh awards, 74 Chief Scout Awards and one Queen’s Scout Award – the highest award available for young people within Scouting.
Overall, it equated to 15% of the young people in the district being presented with awards.
Both the Mayor of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras, and the Mayor of Clitheroe, Coun. Kevin Horkin, were at the event and Coun. Horkin had the honour of handing out the awards to the Scouts.
Speaking after the event, Mr MacDonald, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people from Clitheroe receiving these awards and in the process of getting these awards. So many will have learnt skills which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
“I’m also happy to see that our event was so well supported by both the mayors and the families of everyone getting awards. Without family support, most of what Scouting does for young people wouldn’t be possible.”
The celebration was another of the events planned across Clitheroe Scouts’ centenary year, celebrations, the next of which will be AGM on May 15th.
It will be held at the Atrium Cafe at Clitheroe Castle starting at 7-30 pm.
Anyone who would like to join Scouting within Clitheroe, should please email Ian MacDonald: firstname.lastname@example.org