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Celebrating uniforms

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

  • PARADE: St George's Day Parade in Paignton at the bottom of Torbay Road in 1971. The hotel was demolished to make way for a block of flats

  • TRUMPETERS: The Boys' Brigade fanfare of trumpeters at Kerswell Arch in 1948 for the Olympic torch handover. From left, officer Hodges, officer Weeks, trumpeters Fred Stapleton, Rex Adams, ?, Derek Denbow, ?, ?

  • SCOUTS: The 15th Belgrave scouts on parade on Paignton Green, thought to be in the late 1960s. Pictured are Martin Brown, his brother Michael Brown, Kevin Butterworth and John Widdecombe

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SEEING the pupils of Torquay Community College proudly sporting brand new uniforms and KEVICCs at Totnes returning to theirs after 10 years of casual dress, is a reminder that young people quite like uniformity.

Certainly youth groups such as scouts, guides, cadets and the boys' and girls' brigades have never found uniforms a barrier to attracting members.

Here are three pictures, sent in by readers, which celebrate days of smartly pressed trousers and skirts and polished shoes.

The coming of the Olympic torch prompted Derek Denbow of Cadewell Crescent, Torquay, to submit this picture of him and others welcoming its 1948 predecessor at Kingskerswell.

Thanks also to Martin Brown with a picture of scouts on Paignton Green.

Along with him are his brother Michael Brown, Kevin Butterworth and John Widdecombe.

The final picture recalls St George's Day parades long past. In recent years the massing of Torbay's groups has taken place at Plainmoor football ground where at least there is some shelter from the rain.

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