All set for event

Hartlepool Girls' Brigade is celebrating its anniversary later this year. Group Captain Ana (SPELLING CORRECT) Bates looks though some of the scrap books and photo albums the Brigade has accumulated over the years.
Hartlepool Girls' Brigade is celebrating its anniversary later this year. Group Captain Ana (SPELLING CORRECT) Bates looks though some of the scrap books and photo albums the Brigade has accumulated over the years.

A GIRLS’ Brigade captain is looking forward to meet up with some faces from the past at an anniversary celebration next month.

Ana Bates, captain of 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade, has organised a parade and church service to mark the 120th birthday of Girls’ Brigade International.

And the 64-year-old mum of three has been delighted to hear from members of the youth group from years gone by who have confirmed their attendance at the event.

Girls’ Brigades from Billingham, Darlington and Stockton will also be coming to St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, for the celebration on Sunday, May 12.

“It’s been lovely to hear from some of our past members,” said Ana, a retired cleaner and office worker who lives on the Headland with husband, Barry, 64.

“A lot of them came to the event we held last year to celebrate our own 90th anniversary and they enjoyed it so much they are looking forward to this one.”

A parade will start on the Headland at around 1.45pm before the service gets underway in the church 15 minutes later. Afterwards there will be a chance for members past and present to enjoy refreshments and a catch-up and brigade photographs will also be on display.

Ana, who has been involved with the brigade for more than 50 years, added: “I’m really looking forward to the event now.

“It’s been nice to have such a good response and all of our current members are excited as well.”

The church is currently in the middle of a revamp and the floor has been taken up to make way for a new heating system.

That led to the discovery of an apparent Anglo-Saxon grave underneath the historic building, as reported in the Mail this week.

But Ana said the work at the church will be completed ahead of the service next month. For more information about the anniversary celebrations or the brigade call Ana on 07722154809.