Hundreds turn out for St George’s Day celebrations in Halifax

St George's Day celebrations in Halifax
St George's Day celebrations in Halifax

IT was a dragon of the friendly variety that came to Halifax to help celebrate St George’s Day.

The celebrations at the Piece Hall included the colourful creation made by beaver scouts from across the area along with a host of other activities and displays.

Hundreds of people turned out to have a go at abseiling, caving, circus skills, cycling and dance mats.

There were also a variety of stalls selling food and crafts.

Organised by voluntary youth organisations, the event showcased some of the hard work and talent of youngsters from Halifax.

They included scouts, the boys brigade, air training corps, girl guides, girls brigade, dance group Out of Darkness and army cadets, who all paraded through Halifax town centre before returning to the Piece Hall for speeches by Canon Hilary Barber and Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri.

The event also saw the presentation of a Silver Acorn award to assistant district commissioner for beaver scouts Helen Ridehalgh.

She has been involved in scouting since 1988 when she joined Bradshaw Beavers and has helped thousands of youngsters since.

She said: “I’m very proud to have received this award but it’s not just about me. Scouting is a team effort. You’re never alone.”

David Ingram, who organised the event, said he hoped young people who had attended would now join some of the groups.

This was the second year they had held the celebration, and they hope to repeat it in future years.

Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri praised the young people involved and said the event had highlighted the wealth of talent and effort by young people across the district.

Also presented with an award was 18-year-old Rachel Smith who was given the Queen’s Scout Award for her work with Seventh St George’s Scouts in Ovenden in Halifax and as Assistant Leader of 13th St Matthews Beavers in Northowram.