Girls’ group celebrate an anniversary

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GIRLS across Northumberland marked a quarter of a century of Rainbows with a ‘silver belles’ party.

The youngsters, aged from five to seven, enjoyed the special 25th anniversary event held at Ponteland Leisure Centre.

The group played party games, listened to a story, watched in amazement as a magician produced a rabbit out of a hat and made ‘silver belles’ bracelets.

They ended the party with a sing-song, and were all given a special party bag to take home.

Hazel, the assistant leader of the 12th Cramlington Rainbows, said: “The girls had a fantastic time at the party and really enjoyed the varied activities and loved adding a silver bell charm to their bracelets.

“Rainbows is a great way for younger girls to have a chance to have their voices heard as well as to make new friends and have fun.”

Laura, aged six, said: “I had a good time; I loved the magicians’ rabbit, Harvey.

“I love going to Rainbows because I have made lots of new friends.”

Rainbows were founded in 1987 for girls aged five to seven, who can then go on to become Brownies.

There are currently more than 80,000 Rainbows across the UK each week.

More information on Girlguiding UK can be found at www.girlguiding.org.uk