SHE has been a shining light of Emsworth Girls Brigade for 26 years.
But it was time to pass on the baton for Daphne Laycock, who has been captain of the popular brigade group for several generations of girls.
A service took place at Emsworth Baptist Church as the leadership was passed to Eleanor Day.
Daphne, from Emsworth, who took over the group in 1986, will be an Olympic torch bearer this year thanks to a nomination by Chloe Oliver, 18, a member of the Girls Brigade.
The service celebrated Daphne’s leadership of the group over the past 26 years and gave thanks for Eleanor Day and her team who have great plans for the future.
Eleanor was commissioned as captain, and Kate Wearn and Becky Garfield as lieutenants.
Daphne said: ‘I will miss leading the group, it’s been a joy to see the numbers of girls grow.
‘We hardly fit in the building now and are really excited about the extra activities we will be able to offer in the new church building.’
The group is based at Emsworth Baptish Church Hall.
The church is set to undergo a £2m revamp to create larger and better facilities.
Young members of the brigade, Taci Setford, aged eight, and Hennie Setford, aged 10, said Daphne made ‘everyone feel special’ at the meetings.
Eleanor said: ‘We have lots planned for the summer, we’ve just enjoyed a Jubilee street party and a rather wet weekend at a Christian festival.
‘We’re hoping the sun shines on our trip to Swanage later in the summer.’
The group has more than 60 members aged between the ages of five and 18.
The girls take part in a range of activities, including cooking and games.
New members are welcome.
Anyone interested can call Eleanor on 01243 379308.