The Manchester Day Parade started in 2010, but it wasn’t until 2016 that saw Tameside and Tameside Scouts join in the parade for the first time.

The parade is designed to celebrate the creativity and diversity of the Greater Manchester communities and last year the Scouts and Tameside built a massive spaceman float with all those aboard wearing the fantastic space suits they had made to highlight the theme of adventure, wonder, invention, curiosity and achievements in the world of Eureka.

This year’s parade is on the 18th of June and carry’s the theme of ‘Abracadabra – Magical Manchester.’

Tameside Stronger Communities, Tameside Scouts and the Armed Forces Veterans have decided on ‘Magic’ as their theme for this year’s theme.

The 413th Droylsden Explorer Scouts are building the float of a massive magician’s hat and the Scouts and Veterans are making magic wands, magician’s hats, stars and cloaks.

On Saturday 6th May, over 30 Cub Scouts from Denton, Stalybridge and Dukinfield joined Councillors Lynn and Franks Travis and 12 Veterans at the Richmond Street Community Centre to make costumes and props for the Tameside float which will be in line at this year’s Manchester Parade.

They helped to make wands, hats and magic stars, while the Veterans made 35 capes for the magicians in the parade. They were also taught two magic tricks by magician Andrew Stringer.

Between making sessions the Cubs enjoyed games on the playing field around the Centre.

Vanessa Rothwell, from Tameside Cultural Services said, “It was a great response from the Cubs and Veterans and everybody enjoyed themselves.” David Brown, from the Veterans said, “It was hard work, but very rewarding.”

Jake from the 4th Denton said, “It was great fun painting the stars and making the wands.” And Andrew Morton, District Commissioner for Ashton commented, “It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the Cubs and the way they worked with the Veterans was also good to see.”

If you want to help contact: alan.fish.161te@gmail.com 07931765120

or visit: www.gmescouts.org.uk to find a role and Scout Group near you.