Lochalsh Brownies attend Downing Street garden party

Seven brownies from the Second Lochalsh pack attended a garden party at 10 Downing Street last week to help celebrate 100 years of the organisation.

Joining more than 100 girls from accross the UK, including a group from Maryburgh, the Lochalsh girls wrote down their hopes for how girls’ lives will change in the next 100 years. The birthday wishes were gathered in a special book which will be kept by Downing Street so that visitors, dignitaries and decision-makers can view them for years to come.

On the day, Prime Minister David Cameron praised Girlguiding’s thousands of volunteers for their role in giving girls a head start in life, whatever their background.

Cicely Dobson (9) from Dornie said: “Meeting Mr Cameron was my favourite bit – a new experience for me!”

Girlguiding Scotland chief executive Denise King said: “The Ross-shire Brownies travelled by bus, plane, train and tube to bring their party spirit to Downing Street – showing that nothing gets in the way of them having a good time!

“Brownies is all about fun and adventure – and it’s the dedication of volunteers who run hundreds of Brownie units throughout Scotland that makes it possible for girls to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences like these.

“If you’d like to get involved in girlguiding in your area, whether it’s rainbows, brownies or older girls, we’d love to hear from you.”