Girlguides shine a light on think day

Girlguides from Ashington will mark World Thinking Day this weekend with a lantern walk and celebration.

The Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of the Senior section will gather on Saturday, February 22, for the annual event.

It gives guides and girl scouts around the world the chance to find out about life for young women in other countries and raise awareness of the issues that affect them.

The 183 girls and young women of Ashington Division will mark the day by walking along Newbiggin Road to St John’s Church with their lanterns and there they will give their own thoughts on Guiding through the ages.

They will also collect donations for the Guide Friendship Fund, which supports Guiding in Britain and also world-wide.

Later they will let their Guiding light shine by placing their lantern in a window, which will reflect the same act by members 50 years ago.

Commissioner of the Ashington Division, Gillian Teasdale, said: “World Thinking Day is a really important occasion for our girlguiding members.

“It’s a wonderful chance for us to reflect on the fact that we’re part of something huge that gives millions of girls, young women and adults a space to be themselves, have fun and make a positive difference, no matter where they come from.”