PROUD members of Worcester’s scouting groups braved the rain yesterday to march through the city in the annual St George’s Day parade.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network Scouts aged from six all the way to 25 along with group leaders gathered in Angel Place.

The market place was a hub of activity as immaculately turned-out youngsters buzzed around ready to put on their best face for the people of Worcester.

Assistant district commissioner Brian Jenkins said this year had seen an even bigger turnout than usual.

“It seems to get bigger every year - there’s about 800 taking part this year,” he said.

Third Worcester Scout Group, based in Rainbow Rise, had the responsibility of leading it with Leonie Hammett given the honour of carrying the Union Flag at the head of the parade.

Speaking before the parade started, the 13-year-old said: “It’s the bit in the service where I have to kneel down with the flag that I’m most nervous about.”

Members of Fifth Worcester Sea Scouts Band set the pace with their rhythmic drumming while shoppers lined the streets as the parade made its way along Angel Place before marching up Broad Street and High Street to the Cathedral.

Traffic on Deansway ground to a halt as the parade approached the historic building, an impressive sight as flags representing each group lined the entrance as the participants filed in for service.

For more pictures pick up a copy of today's Worcester News.