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Brownies celebrate 60th

A local Brownie unit celebrated a special birthday last Saturday.

Harding Memorial Brownies — also known as 47th Belfast — marked their 60th anniversary.

The only Brownie group in Belfast to currently meet in a school, the group was founded on March 6, 1950, by some of the then teachers at Harding Memorial Primary School.

Speaking to The CT, a spokesperson for the group said: “At that stage there was a push throughout Northern Ireland to get more units organised in schools, rather than just churches.

“Harding Memorial is very unique as across the country very few units survived in schools.”

Kicking off their celebrations with a fun day, they have many more activities planned.

As well as caving, the unit will also be taking part in the Belfast Carnival and abseiling.

And the girls are making it a double celebration, joining with Girlguiding UK in marking its centenary year.

The spokesperson added: “As it is Girlguiding’s centenary we plan to join the two celebrations together and will be having lots of fun over the coming months.”

  • Harding Memorial Rainbows (aged four-seven) meet on Monday, 6pm-7pm, Brownies (aged seven-10) meet on Monday, 7pm-8.15pm and from September Guides (aged 10-14) will start on Monday nights.

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