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Magical Manchester

85 young leaders, rangers and their leaders from all over the North West Region including Sefton, Merseyside, Cheshire Forest, Stockport, Greater Manchester West, Coumbria North, Manchester, Lancs NW, Lancs West amd Cheshire Border came together for a Magical Manchester event.

Before the girls met up at the Royal Exchange theatre to watch "A taste of honey" the various groups did their own thing.

Ladybrook Division Rangers from Stockport really got into the festive spirit completing a variety of tasks around Manchester, including holding a silly hat competition and making their promise, a total of four times in total. The girls chose where they made their promise, which led to some wacky locations, for example:-

  • The first promise was made outside the Hard Rock Cafe in the Printworks
  • The second by a Christmas tree
  • While the last two were made going up and down the escalators

I expect the girls got some strange looks, but they certainly enjoyed themselves.

Other groups including the Rangers from Congleton in the Cheshire Borders county, young leaders, Gemma Martin and Hannah Roberts, from 4th Sale Central and the senior patrol from 2nd Ashton-on-Mersey Guides, enjoyed shopping in Afflecks Palace, the Arndale and in and around the Christmas Markets. At the Christmas markets the leaders particularlly liked sampling the mulled wine, as it brought a nice rosy glow to the hands and tummy.

The Magical Manchester event for everyone, started in earnest at the Royal Exchange Theatre where the girls watched "A taste of honey", a gritty play set in Salford in the late 1960's. Although, the play was done as a period piece a lot of the issues covered are still relevent today including teenage pregnancy, homosexuality and racialism. It really got the girls talking.

After the play, the girls went to the Peking Court, and had an 'all you can eat' banquet in China Town. Here the girls got to chat, laugh and most of all eat. They had a great time and the food was beautiful.

 
Leaders and Young Leaders enjoy a meal together
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