Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade ready for 120th birthday

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.

EVERYTHING is in place for an anniversary celebration this weekend - but the venue has had to be changed at short notice.

Past and present members of 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade will gather to celebrate the 120th birthday of Girls’ Brigade International on Sunday.

A parade through the Headland will be held before a service, which will now take place at Hartlepool Baptist Church.

The service was due to be held at St Hilda’s Church, also on the Headland, but plans had to be altered late on because a revamp of the historic church, including the floor being taken up to make way for a new heating system, is yet to be completed.

But Ana Bates, captain of 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade is delighted the celebrations are still going ahead, and is looking forward to welcoming current members and faces from years gone by.

The 64-year-old mum-of-three who lives on the Headland with husband Barry, also 64, said: “The response to the event has been good and we are hoping for a fantastic turn out.

“We are all looking forward to it and it’s been lovely to hear from some of our past members who have confirmed they are coming along.”

A parade will start on the Headland at around 1.45pm before the service gets underway 15 minutes later.

There will then be the chance for everyone to have a chat over refreshments and take a look through dozens of brigade photographs which will be on display.

Members of the brigade held a similar event last year to celebrate their own 90th anniversary.

Ana, who has been involved with the brigade for more than 50 years, added: “Last year’s event was a real success, everyone enjoyed it and it was brilliant to see such a good turn out of members past and present.

“If we could repeat that again on Sunday then I will be absolutely delighted.”

For more information about Sunday’s event call Ana on 07722154809.