Could this 93-year-old Norwich woman be Norfolk’s oldest Brownie?

Margaret Moore, now 93, pictured as a Brownie, 4th from right.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Margaret Moore, now 93, pictured as a Brownie, 4th from right.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A 93-year-old Norwich woman could be Norfolk's oldest Brownie after joining the Swaffham Brownie pack back in 1929.

Margaret Moore, 93, who used to be a Brownie.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Margaret Moore, 93, who used to be a Brownie.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Margaret Moore, of Grange Road, enrolled as a Brownie at the age of seven after going along to her local group in Swaffham. After saying her Brownie promise and pledging to do her duty for King George V, Margaret received her tie and brass pin and got to work collecting her badges.

'The group was led by Brown Owl and we were all split into patrols- I think was in the fairy patrol,' she said. 'We would all sing songs around a toadstool, play games and work towards our badges.'

The Brownies were set-up by Lord Baden-Powell in 1914 as an alternative to scouting. They participated in activities deemed more suitable for young girls as they were not allowed to join the Cub Scouts.

Margaret remembers the Brownies as being one of the only activities girls could participate in away from the home: 'There wasn't much for girls to do other than to be a Brownie or Girl Guide- even Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret were Brownies in the 1930's,' she said. 'Unlike the Cubs and Scouts we never thought of going camping- it was unheard of for girls to do that at that time.'

After graduating from the Brownies at the age of ten, Margaret joined the Girl Guides in Swaffham but when her family moved to Drayton in 1936 there was no group for her to join so she had to hang up her woggle.

Margaret led the way for Brownies in her family with her younger sister, daughters and granddaughter all following on from her by enrolling at their local Brownie packs.

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She said; 'It is a lot more adventurous than when I joined, they got up to a lot more than we ever did.'

•Were you a Brownie or Cub Scout? Email Jessica Long via jessica.long@archant.co.uk