Brigade marks 90 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.
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.
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PEOPLE are reminded of the opportunity to join past and present youth group members for a milestone birthday celebration.

The 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade is set to mark its 90th birthday in style next week.

Current members will join ladies who have been part of the group in years gone by in a parade around the Headland before a service to mark the occasion.

St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, will then remain open all afternoon until 6pm giving people the chance to enjoy refreshments and a catch up.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 22 with the parade getting underway at 10.15am ahead of the church service starting at 10.30am.

Ana Bates, the current captain of the brigade, which is based at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, said the response has been excellent.

So far around 100 past and present members have told Ana they will be attending and the 63-year-old is expecting a lot more to turn up on the day.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said the mum-of-three and retired cleaner and office worker.

“A lot of people have been ringing me up and telling me that they will be coming along.

“It’s going to be lovely just to have a natter with some of them and find out what they are doing now.”

Ana, who lives on the Headland with husband, Barry, 63, a retired brewery worker who also served in the army, has been involved with the brigade since 1961.

The group was first formed back in 1922.

The 55 current members of the brigade will take part in the parade to kick-off the event and Ana said some past members have also shown an interest in joining in.

The parade will get underway at Morison Hall, in Church Close on the Headland and the girls will make their way down Middlegate, in to Northgate, and into the High Street before arriving at the church.

The event isn’t just for past and present brigade members and Ana said everybody is welcome to join in with the celebrations on the day.

For more information call Ana on 07722 154809.