Santa and steam to celebrate for Brownies and Rainbows

BROWNIES and Rainbows from the Hebden Royd area travelled on a specially chartered steam train to celebrate Girlguiding UK's centenary year.

The local girls were among hundreds of Brownies and Rainbows from across West Yorkshire who boarded the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway steam train for a journey between Haworth, Oxenhope and Keighley stations.

The event, dubbed 'Brownies and Rainbows take over the tracks', gave the girls the opportunity to travel on one of the country's most iconic modes of transport, as well as meet Santa on board the train.

Santa delivered each girl a gift while everyone on board sang Christmas carols.

The event was one of hundreds of activities taking place across the UK between now and October 2010 to celebrate Girlguiding UK's centenary year.

Liz Burnley, chief guide of Girlguiding UK, said: "Currently a quarter of all eight-year-olds in the UK are Brownies.

"So it really is fantastic that some of those have had the chance to get together as friends and travel on board something so exciting.

"In our centenary year we are proud that guiding is giving girls ground-breaking opportunities, although of course this is nothing new as we always have and always will put girls in the lead."

Angela Trowell, West Yorkshire West County Commissioner, said: "We had another fantastic day for the excited Brownies and Rainbows of West Yorkshire West whocontinue to celebrate our fun packed centenaryyear with the great adventure ofjumpingaboard the steam express to meet Santa and his helpers and takeover the tracks of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway."