Hundreds of girls from all over the local authority gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Girlguiding East Renfrewshire County this month.

The county was established in 1998, having started out as a division of Renfrewshire County.

The milestone was marked with a “Friendship Day” in Rouken Glen Park.

More than 600 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and their leaders enjoyed games, a scavenger hunt and crafts before getting together to sing a few songs.

Barrhead News: Hundreds of girls gathered to celebrate the milestoneHundreds of girls gathered to celebrate the milestone (Image: Sourced)

Louise Lightbody, county commissioner for East Renfrewshire, told the Barrhead News: “We had a fabulous day and it was fantastic to see so many girls having fun and making new friends. The sun even shone for us.

“A huge thanks to all our volunteers who give opportunities for our girls to have fun, adventure, and discover their potential.

“We have 275 amazing volunteers who run weekly meetings for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers across the county, providing opportunities for almost 1,300 girls.”

Barrhead News: Those who attended enjoyed games and a scavenger huntThose who attended enjoyed games and a scavenger hunt (Image: Sourced)

The girls and leaders were also joined at the event by East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald, Provost Mary Montague and former members and supporters.

At Westminster, Ms Oswald tabled an Early Day Motion to mark the anniversary, and she was delighted to present a copy of this to the county commissioner.

Barrhead News: Provost Mary Montague, county commissioner Louise Lightbody and East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten OswaldProvost Mary Montague, county commissioner Louise Lightbody and East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald (Image: Sourced)

The politician said: “I was delighted to join Girlguiding East Renfrewshire at this event.

“I chatted to some of the girls and heard about the brilliant opportunities they have enjoyed as members and the fun they have together.

“I also spent time with Trefoil Guild members, who have been involved with the Girlguiding movement locally over many years.

“I know how much hard work went into organising this event and Louise and her fellow volunteers are to be commended for their tireless work.

“They are very keen to hear from anyone locally who might have an hour or more a week available to volunteer with Girlguiding.

"I hope that the brilliant 25th-anniversary event might encourage more people to come forward”.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer or know a girl who would like to join guiding, click here to find out more.