By Linda Foo Guest
CENTENARY celebrations for the Brownie Guide movement are under way with more than a thousand members in Wirral marking the occasion.
Girls across the globe are marking the 100th year of the organisation with Big Brownie Birthday events throughout 2014.
Wirral Brownies began their festivities with a gathering at The Light Cinema, in New Brighton.
More than 1,100 members and leaders from across Wirral filled all eight of the cinema’s screens to watch an especially arranged performance of Disney's Frozen.
Linda Smallthwaite, lead volunteer for Girlguiding Wirral, said: “It was a sea of yellow and brown. Everywhere you looked, there were Brownies in New Brighton!
“Girlguiding Wirral has 2,000 Brownies, and half of them were at the cinema celebrating together.” Wirral’s Lord Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr David and Sue Mitchell, popped by to congratulate the group.
The group estimate that one in four eight-year-olds in the UK is currently a Brownie.
Sue May, a Brownie adviser, added: “It was great to see so many girls and leaders all coming together to celebrate the start of our Big Brownie Birthday, and The Light Cinema were fantastic to allow us to use their facilities.”
For more information about The Big Brownie Birthday and how to join girlguiding, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk