Brownies and Guides take centre stage

Some of the girls at the event SUS-141111-113035001
Some of the girls at the event SUS-141111-113035001

Girls from Hastings and St Leonards Brownies and Guides took centre stage at last weekend’s Lord Mayor’s Show in London to shout out about the fun, friendship and adventure of guiding.

Members of the division joined more than 60 Girlguiding members from across Sussex on the colourful girl-only float which snaked its way across London on Saturday (November 8).

The girls came up with the designs for their eye-catching float, including a wacky curtain made entirely from 280 CDs.

Emma Boakes, 15, also won a competition to design a special Lord Mayor’s Show badge to help all girls across Sussex learn about this year’s show and its themes. Activities in the badge include learning a new first aid skill, fundraising for a good cause and finding out more about the public service sector.

During the parade, the girls raised their voices by singing and dancing. As well as the traditional horse-drawn coaches carrying previous lord mayors they were joined in the parade by the Armed Forces, and the British Red Cross among many others. Janice Harmer, Hastings division commissoner, said: “It was amazing being part of the show. Even the torrential rain during the fireworks did not dampen the girls’ enthusiasm on what was a very memorable day.”