Brigade celebrates

PAST and present Girls’ Brigade members will parade on the Headland this weekend to kickstart a day of celebrations.

The 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade turns 90 this year and to mark the occasion current members will join girls who have been part of the group in years gone by.

A parade, service and an afternoon get-together will all be held this Sunday, April 22.

Current captain of the brigade, Ana Bates, told the Mail the response has been excellent.

The 63-year-old is expecting more than 100 past and present members to attend on the day and says she is looking forward to a catch-up with the ladies who were involved in previous years.

Ana, who herself has been involved with the brigade since 1961, is putting refreshments on in St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, after the service where she also display dozens of photographs and memorabilia from years gone by.

The parade gets underway at 10.15am at Morison Hall, in Church Close, on the Headland, and will take in Middlegate, Northgate and the High Street before arriving at the church.

It is not just Girls’ Brigade members who are taking part as the parade will be led by the 1st Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade band and members of the Boys’ Brigade will also take part.

The service will then get underway at 10.30am.

Ana, who lives on the Headland with husband, Barry, 63, a retired brewery worker who also served in the Army, said: “I’m really looking forward to it.

“It’s going to be lovely to see the past and present members together and to have a natter.”

For more information call Ana on 07722 154809.