Boys’ Brigade celebrates 30th anniversary with reunion

The Anchor section on a trip to the Roman Fort, in South Shields, earlier this year.
The Anchor section on a trip to the Roman Fort, in South Shields, earlier this year.
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Thirty years of memories are set to be revived next month as a Boys’ Brigade company in South Tyneside marks a special anniversary with a reunion.

The 1st Whitburn Boys’ Brigade - which meets once a week at Whitburn Methodist Church, in North Guard - is to holding a 30th anniversary get-together on October 15.

East Durham Battalion on parade at Whitburn in May 1987

East Durham Battalion on parade at Whitburn in May 1987

The captain of the group, Stewart Langlands, is hopeful past members and helpers will attend to reminisce and look back on their time in the Boys’ Brigade.

He has been involved with the group since the outset, and took over as captain in 2005 following the death of William Shewan.

The reunion event will begin with a celebratory service at 6.30pm, before those present will have refreshments and a chance to discuss old times.

The Boys’ Brigade has made a positive impression on the church.

It would be great to welcome back some faces we may not have seen for a number of years

Enid Ayers

Whitburn Methodist Church spokeswoman Enid Ayers said: “People with any connection to the Boys’ Brigade in the local area are invited to come along.

“It would be great to welcome back some faces we may not have seen for a number of years.

“It’s a chance for everyone to get together, reminisce, talk about past experiences and renew friendships.”

She added: “The service will look back on the last 30 years, and I’m sure it will be an excellent evening.

The presentation of the Colour to the 1st Whitburn Company in October 1989.

The presentation of the Colour to the 1st Whitburn Company in October 1989.

“I’d imagine there will be a lot of people in the area who would like to come along to this.”

The Boys’ Brigade has members ranging from age five to 19, and recent activities have included making models of Spitfires, learning about First Aid and visiting the Roman Fort, in South Shields.

Mrs Ayers added: “The Boys’ Brigade is a great organisation. For a lot of the members, it becomes a way of life and sets them on the right path.

“They learn to work together, and it really is wonderful. It’s such a worthwhile thing to be involved with.

First Camp - held at Kielder Forest in 1988

First Camp - held at Kielder Forest in 1988

“It’s great for our church, because we haven’t got a lot of young people, and the Boys’ Brigade boosts that.

“They are very polite and behave well. It’s great, and certainly benefits the church.”

Presentation of awards night in June 1994

Presentation of awards night in June 1994

Junior and Anchor boys entry for the Britain in Bloom in 2007.

Junior and Anchor boys entry for the Britain in Bloom in 2007.