Scouting and Girlguiding St George’s Day Parade in York is cancelled

The 2017 parade at Clifford's Tower. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Featuring more than 2,000 Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, Rangers, Explorers, Young Leaders and Leaders, it is said to be the biggest procession of its kind in the country.

But this year the Scouting and Girlguiding St George’s Day Parade in York has been cancelled.

It was due to take place from the Eye of York on Sunday, 26 April, with a service at York Minster.

Alison Cunningham, Girlguiding County Commissioner for North Yorkshire South, said:

  • This is a difficult decision which has been taken after careful consideration with many of the different teams involved.

    We hope that this plays a key role in helping promote the safety and well-being of our members, their families, volunteers and the public at large as this difficult time.

John Ives, Scout Assistant County Commissione, added: “We know that our members will be extremely disappointed that this popular event is not taking place this year, especially as Archbishop Sentamu had agreed to take part in the service, but trust that everyone will understand and support the reason for this.”