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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



St George's Day services in Lisburn celebrate 100 years of Scouting

Noel Irwin District Commissioner Lisburn and District Scouts

Lisburn and District Scouts celebrate 100 years of Scouting with a series of church services to be held in three Lisburn city centre churches next Sunday afternoon (22nd April) at 3.30pm.  The service for the Beaver Section will be held in Railway Street Presbyterian, the service for the Cub Section will be held in Lisburn Cathedral and the main service for the Scout and Explorer Scout Sections will be held in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church where the special guests will be the Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, the Deputy Mayor - Councillor James Tinsley and many former local Commissioners. 

Organised by the Lisburn & District Scouts, the services will be attended by all County Antrim Scouts.  The parade will assemble at Wallace Park at 2.30pm sharp and will leave the park via the Magheralave Road gate at 2.50pm.  The route taken will be - North Circular Road, Antrim Street, Bachelors Walk then Railway Street where the Beaver Section will exit the parade and file into Railway Street Presbyterian Church.  The remainder of the parade will continue along Railway Street to Lisburn Cathedral where the Cub Section will exit the parade.  The remaining element of the parade (Scout and Explorer Scout Sections) and their leaders will continue through Market Square to First Lisburn Presbyterian Church for the main service. All three services will start at 3.30pm.

On the return route to Wallace Park, the Beavers will leave Railway Street Presbyterian Church, re assemble and parade along Railway Street to Lisburn Cathedral where the Cub section will join them.  Both sections will then continue through Market Square to First Lisburn Presbyterian where the senior scouts will join the parade.  The full parade will then go to Smithfield and Dublin Road towards Lisburn Mall, then along Antrim Street, turning into Bachelors Walk and up Magheralave Road, returning to Wallace Park at about 5.15pm. This will be the biggest Scouting event held within Lisburn and promises to be a great way to kick start the centenary celebrations.

Bands taking part will be: Lisburn Young Defenders Flute Band, Skeogh Flute Band, Suffolk Boys' Brigade Flute Band, Ballyduff Silver Band, Ballylesson Flute Band, Magheramore Silver Band, Ballyduggan Pipe Band and Blaris Accordion Band.  More information on this and other District scout event can be obtained from .

District Commissioner, Noel Irwin and his organising Committee are looking for a big turnout from all groups and would like to thank all three churches for agreeing to host the services and also thank the County Commissioner for allowing the District to host such a prestigious event.