Last weekend saw what was quite possibly one of the largest gatherings locally for Guides and Brownies, marking, not only the 100th anniversary of the Brownie movement in the UK, but also World Thinking Day.
Hundreds of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides marked both events with services at Bo’ness Town Hall and St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, on Saturday and Sunday.
World Thinking Day is an annual event celebrated around the world by the movement.
Grange Division - featuring Bo’ness and Grangemouth units - gathered on Saturday afternoon for their service, while the county girls marked it with a special centenary service at St Michael’s Church in Linlithgow on Sunday.
Around 700 girls from across West Lothian converged on Linlithgow, with each Girlguiding unit playing a part in the service.
The Linlithgow contingent paraded, accompanied by the Reed band and the Bomar and Alloa Pipe Band, from the Low Port along Linlithgow High Street to the West Port, before returning to St Michael’s.
In Bo’ness and Linlithgow, the past, present and future theme was picked to mark 100 years of Brownies in the UK.
Invited guests saw the girls celebrating some of the things they love most about Brownies today, Girlguiding’s future, and, in Bo’ness, were then taken on a trip down memory lane by the ladies from the Grangemouth Trefoil Guild, some of whom first joined Brownies more than 70 years ago.
In Linlithgow several Brownies wore historic uniforms from over the decades to mark a century in Girlguiding while their fellow members narrated the signifigance in the changes over the years.
Two new Guides from Grangemouth were officially enrolled.
In Linlithgow, four guides were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh awards by joint County Commissioners Ann McWhir and Alison Kane.
Cutting the cake at Bo’ness was former leader and commissioner Nan Braid while other guests included Provost Pat Reid, Bo’ness Community Council and Bo’ness Boys’ Brigade.
Grange division commissioner and 6th Brownie leader Lynne McLeod thanked everyone for taking part and supporting the event.
She said: ‘’I’d like to thank the Trefoil Guild for telling us about Brownies’ past, the 6th Bo’ness for Brownies present and the 2nd Bo’ness Rainbows, who are the Brownies of the future
‘‘Our updated promise ensures we share the same traditions and aims despite ethnic, cultural, religious or economic differences - one world, one family.’’
All guests were given a party bag to take away, including a slice of cake and a candle to put in their window, a historic tradition in guiding to mark Thinking Day.