Brigade’s 150th

John Cambridge pictured with the Boys Brigade document.
John Cambridge pictured with the Boys Brigade document.

BOYS’ Brigade members are set to march to mark 125 years since the group’s first enrolment.

The 1st Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade was set up in 1886, just three years after the very first Boys’ Brigade was launched.

Last year members past and present marched to celebrate the group’s 125 year anniversary since it was founded and next week a similar celebration is planned to mark 125 years since the group’s first enrolment, in 1887.

The days when the Boys’ Brigade boasted more than 100 members are sadly a thing of the past, but nearly 40 youngsters aged between five and 18 are still a part of the group today.

Those members will march from Morison Hall to St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, next Sunday, October 28, before a service will be held at 11am.

John Cambridge, 1st Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade warrant officer, is urging group members of the past to go along and enjoy the parade and service.

There will also be an opportunity for people to have a catch-up afterwards.

John, 68, who lives on the Headland and has been involved with the group for more than 30 years, said: “We held a similar event last year which was a success but with this year being 125 years since enrolment, we thought it would be nice to do something again.

“We are inviting everyone along, current members, past members, families and friends.”

John added: “It will be nice to see some faces from the past.

“When my son joined they asked if any parents wanted to go along and help out, I showed my face and I have been involved since!”

The march will get underway at 10am.

The 1st Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade meets in the Borough Hall, on the Headland, every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm.

John said new members are always welcome and those who are interested should turn up on a Wednesday night.