Triple celebration makes Rainbows’ party a smash hit

The Mayor of Gosport Cllr. John Beavis and his wife Christine were the guests at the 25th anniversary of The 5th Forton Brownies and The Leesland Rainbows at Leesland Junior School Gosport. ''Even the Mayor and his wife could not resist the bouncy castle ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132923-6501)

The Mayor of Gosport Cllr. John Beavis and his wife Christine were the guests at the 25th anniversary of The 5th Forton Brownies and The Leesland Rainbows at Leesland Junior School Gosport. ''Even the Mayor and his wife could not resist the bouncy castle ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132923-6501)

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IT WAS a triple celebration at a Rainbows group in Gosport.

The 5th Forton Brownies and Leesland Rainbows held a party to mark the Rainbow group running for 25 years.

And it was twin sisters Melissa and Danielle Graham’s seventh birthday, so was their last meeting before they ‘graduate’ to Brownies.

Leader Debbie Hobbs said the girls, who are aged between five and seven, planned the event themselves.

Debbie, 39, said: ‘The girls decided they wanted to have a bouncy castle and wanted to dress as princesses.

‘One mum did crafts with them and another did their nails and they loved the bouncy castle. Seeing their faces made it all worthwhile.’

Debbie said that Rainbows and Brownies are great places to learn life skills, as well as having a bit of fun.

Her daughters Rhyain, 13, and Carys Hobbs, nine, saved the life of their nan in 2010, when she had a medical emergency at home, something she credits to their first aid training received at Rainbows and Brownies.

Debbie, who has been a leader since 2008, said: ‘They knew what to do in case she stopped breathing, and luckily the paramedics came and took her to hospital.

‘She had a bad attack but they saved her life and I think that all children should learn the life skills of first aid.

‘At Rainbows and Brownies they do crafts and fun stuff, but sometimes it is a bit more serious, like teaching stranger danger, but it is so the girls know what to do.’

Mary Graham is a helper at the club. She is also mum to twins Melissa and Danielle.

Mary, 37, said: ‘They were officially leaving Rainbows and joining Brownies too, so it was a triple celebration.

‘It was great. They loved it, with the mayor being there too it was the perfect ending to their time in Rainbows.

‘We had a cake, which one of the ladies who helps made, and had a bit of a party.’

Mayor of Gosport Cllr John Beavis said: ‘I had a lovely letter from the twins saying they were six years old and it was their seventh birthday the same night as the Rainbows’ 25th anniversary and they wanted us to be there.

‘Getting a lovely letter like that was terrific.

‘When we arrived the twins were waiting to great us and they escorted us around, before we joined in with the party. We cut the rainbow-layered cake.

‘It was a super party and it was lovely to see them enjoying themselves.’

The Rainbows and Brownies meet at the Leesland Church Of England Junior School, on Gordon Road, every Monday from 4.30pm.

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