Scout troops on St George’s Day parade

Scout groups paraded through Derbyshire towns in a large-scale display of patriotic pride.

The St George’s Day parade is one of the most important events in the Scouting calendar.

St George's Day parade in Chesterfield

St George's Day parade in Chesterfield

Parades to honour the patron saint have been held today (Sunday, April 27) in Chesterfield, Matlock and Belper.

Hundreds of young people marched through Chesterfield town centre in glorious sunshine this afternoon, their standards fluttering in the breeze.

Proud families gathered at the town hall where the Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone was among dignitaries who saw the parade set off for the Crooked Spire Church where a service took place.

Scout groups from Chesterfield, Highfield (St Andrews), Whittington, Brampton, Hasland, Wingerworth, Holymoorside and Tupton were among those taking part, accompanied by musicians from Shirebrook Miners Welfare Unison Brass Band.

On the Derbyshire Times Facebook site, Sara Fox said: “My daughter will be parading with her Scout group for an amazing seventh time. Not bad to say she’s 12.

And Natalie Gilsenan commented: “I will be there. My boy’s marching with his Beaver group.”