Emsworth Girls Brigade steps back in time

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THE 120th anniversary of the Girls Brigade is being marked with a look at the local branch.

Emsworth Museum has put on an exhibition which focuses on the history of the Emsworth Girls Brigade, going back more than 50 years.

Past and present members have been heading to the museum, in North Street, to see old newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs of days gone by.

Dorothy Bone, the museum’s secretary, said: ‘Nationally the Girls Brigade is celebrating an important milestone and, although our local branch has been going considerably less time, we thought it would be nice to focus on them.

‘There are lots of photographs and lots of ladies have been in trying to spot themselves in old albums.

‘Anyone who has ever been in the Girls Brigade will enjoy the exhibition, even if they did not belong to the Emsworth branch.

‘Miss Jeanne Ruffle was a lieutenant in the 1950s and we were very pleased to see her at the exhibition with her friend.’

Daphne Laycock has recently passed the running of the Emsworth branch over to Eleanor Day. They helped to put the exhibition together.

She said: ‘I managed to dig a lot of things out from the cupboards – pictures and colours. It’s a great exhibition.’

The museum is open 10.30am to 4.30pm Saturdays and 2.30pm to 4.30pm Sundays.