BOYS' BRIGADE ANNUAL GATHERING

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Boys from as far afield as Reading and Guildford converged on Alton last Sunday for their annual Parade. Amery Hill School provided the assembly point, and by half past two the Boys' Brigade members were being organised into their groups — Anchors (Year 1 to 3), Juniors (Year 4 to 6) and Seniors (School Year 7 and above).
Promptly at 2.35pm the parade set off down Amery Hill, led by a combined Alton and Guildford band. Past the library, across the car park, through the Market Square, and down Cross and Pillory Lane they marched, before breaking into twos and threes to walk around the corner.
Around the corner was Alton Methodist Church, where a warm welcome awaited them. Soon everyone was participating in a Service led by Revd Philip Simpkins, who is Chaplain to 2nd Alton Company. As well as making a joyful noise to the Lord, the Boys learned about being different, and more importantly about working as part of a team, with everyone doing their bit to make the world a better place. They also learned about liquorice allsorts and about geese — but that's another story!
Forming up after the service in the High Street, they were watched and encouraged by passers-by as they set off on the return march to Amery Hill.
The BB President, David Allan, expressed his thanks to Amery Hill School for the use of its premises, and to Alton Methodist Church for hosting the parade so admirably. He also thanked the motorists who had been delayed for a few minutes to let the parade pass safely for their patience and forbearance, and expressed appreciation to the Town Council for making the necessary road closure traffic signs available.

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