Keighley Girlguiding movement turns out in force for annual parade

The parade makes its way through Keighley

The parade makes its way through Keighley

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Keighley's Girlguiding movement turned out in force this afternoon for its annual Thinking Day celebration.

The event featured a parade – led by the City of Bradford Pipe Band – and a service at the Shared Church, attended by Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and leaders from throughout Keighley Division.

Guests at the service included town mayor Coun Sally Walker, members of the Trefoil Guild and Friends of Guiding, representatives of the Scout movement and Lizzie Procter, palliative care services manager at Manorlands.

Proceeds from the collection were split between the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice and the church.

In his welcome, priest-in-charge the Rev Peter Mott said it would be his last Thinking Day service before he retires.

The gathering marks the joint birthdays of Lord Robert Baden-Powell – who founded the Guide movement – and his wife Olave, and encourages young members to think of others across the world.

The Sarah Robinson Award – for exceptional service – was presented to Rachael Wormald, who has been chairman and secretary of the Friends of Guiding for 20 years and is also division secretary.

Division commissioner Kay Bolton paid tribute, adding: “The Friends do a lot of work in the background. We are very fortunate because not many places in the UK have Friends of Guiding.”

Several Baden-Powell and service awards were also presented.

This year marks the centenary of the Brownie section, and members of Keighley North district gave a presentation celebrating the milestone and sang “Brownies is so Wonderful”, to the tune of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”.

Mrs Bolton led the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in the renewal of their promises.

* More photos in Thursday's Keighley News

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