Leeds guides hut rises from ashes

A guide hut that was gutted by arsonists three years ago to the day has risen from the ashes.

The home of Guiseley Guides, Brownies and Rainbows was destroyed in 2007 after the building was wrecked by the blaze.

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Plastic chairs in the 50-year-old hut melted from the heat of the inferno and the building had to be completely demolished.

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But the girls that use the hut and organisations from across the community rallied together to raise almost 200,000 to build their brand new base – which was officially opened at the weekend.

Rainbow leader Christine King said: "It has taken a long time and it was hard raising the funds.

"When it first happened we were so shell shocked because it was such a daunting challenge.

"But now we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us because we wouldn't have got there without their help.

"The people of Guiseley really have been wonderful helping us out."

Around 60 youngsters turned out for a special opening ceremony which was attended by the North East England Regional Commissioner Designate, the Leeds County Commissioner and the Chevin Division Commissioner.

The troupes formed a Guard of Honour in front of the new two-storey building on The Green, in Guiseley.

It is thought that they will be able to move into their new home after the New Year once the finishing touches are put in place.

Mrs King added: "It was exactly three years since the hut was burnt down.

"It was a wonderful day and it was also quite emotional to see it.

"But we will still be fundraising because we have run it right to the core.

"We had to raise 200,000 but now we are down to the last few pennies."

To find out how to help the Guides carry on their fundraising efforts contact Christine King on 01943 878687.

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