South Tyneside girl groups from the past

Christine Pape being enrolled as a Guide with the 56th St Oswalds South Shields Company. Pictured are Guide Commissioner, Dorothy Corner. Centre, Guider Norma McNaney.
Christine Pape being enrolled as a Guide with the 56th St Oswalds South Shields Company. Pictured are Guide Commissioner, Dorothy Corner. Centre, Guider Norma McNaney.

Over the years a great many youngsters from South Tyneside must have made their way through the ranks of the Girl Guides and other such movements.

And judging by this week’s photo selection, they had quite a lot of Guides, Brownies, Ranger and Girls Brigade groups to choose from.

Valerie Smith, right, Assistant Ranger Guider, presents the Westoe District Ranger Challenge Shield to Helen Harrison who received it on behalf of the St Simon's Guide Company. The trophy was awarded for their success in a Guide treasure hunt.

Valerie Smith, right, Assistant Ranger Guider, presents the Westoe District Ranger Challenge Shield to Helen Harrison who received it on behalf of the St Simon's Guide Company. The trophy was awarded for their success in a Guide treasure hunt.

For the pictures, taken between 1968 and 1978, show youngsters from the 56th St Oswald’s, the 1st South Shields (Marsden Baptist Tabernacle Company, St Simon’s Guide Company, the Jarrow Guides and the 30th Whiteleas Company.

Were you a member of any of these or perhaps some other local groups, if so, please get in touch?

The girls can be seen taking part in a wide variety of activities, including awards presentations and an enrolment ceremony.

Dorothy Corner, left, District Commissioner, and Guide Lillian Cole with a group of newly enrolled Guides of the 30th Whiteleas South Shields Company.

Dorothy Corner, left, District Commissioner, and Guide Lillian Cole with a group of newly enrolled Guides of the 30th Whiteleas South Shields Company.

New books being presented to Guides and Rangers by Hebburn Council Councillor R Fenwick.  Left to right:  Catherine Mould, Assistant Guider; Janine Ewing, Brownie; Marilyn Miller, Ranger; Mrs M Legg, District Commissioner, and Carol Reid, Guide.

New books being presented to Guides and Rangers by Hebburn Council Councillor R Fenwick. Left to right: Catherine Mould, Assistant Guider; Janine Ewing, Brownie; Marilyn Miller, Ranger; Mrs M Legg, District Commissioner, and Carol Reid, Guide.