Diamond celebrations as Brownies turn 60

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Members of the oldest Brownie unit in Kirkintilloch celebrated their group’s 60th birthday recently.

The 1st Waterside Brownies – which meets in Gartconner Primary – has historic roots going back to 1918, just four years after the organisation itself was born.

However, with breaks between both wars the children and leaders decided to mark the 60 years of unbroken service from Girlguiding in Kirkintilloch with an informal party on January 28.

And special guest was East Dunbartonshire Provost Una Walker, who presented the group with a special certificate in recognition of the work it does.

The 1st Waterside group, led by Brown Owl Kathleen Wilson, is the oldest of the seven units in the town.

Kathleen said: ‘‘It was an informal occasion, we had birthday cake and all the girls were given a certificate.

‘‘We are also having a reunion for the Guiders on February 26.’’

Brownies is the section of Girlguiding for girls aged from seven to 10 years old. Younger girls are in the Rainbows, with Guides then Senior Section to move on to.

In 2014, Brownies across Scotland and the rest of the UK marked the Big Brownie Birthday, celebrating a centenary of the organisation.