Pop and dance stars wow Guides at arena


GUIDES were dazzled as they saw some of the biggest names in pop take to the stage.

With hits from Little Mix, Diversity, Neon Jungle and Union J, Guides and Rangers from Yapton and Walberton were serenaded by some of the most popular pop stars as they headed to Wembley Arena for Girlguiding’s Big Gig.

The 1st Yapton Guides and Rangers, as well as the 1st Walberton Guides, joined the girl-only crowd of more than 10,000 at the event, held exclusively for Guides from all over the UK.

The 26 girls, all aged between ten and 18, enjoyed performances from a stellar line-up.

Twelve-year-old Emily from the 1st Walberton Guides said: “The Big Gig was by far the best thing I have done.

“I had such a good time and was blessed to be given the chance to do it for the second time in two years.

“My favourite act was Union J because we were all dancing to them. Girlguiding is like a big family so the fact it was all girls together made it even better.”

The girls headed to the event in matching light up Minnie Mouse ears and, being only three rows 
from the front, the day’s highlight was seeing Diversity’s dance performance close up.

1st Yapton Guide leader Anna Drynan said: “We were three rows from the front which made it very exciting and it was great to see all the girls enjoying themselves.

“It was a real adventure and being surrounded by so many other Guides made the atmosphere even more special.”

The Big Gig is hosted by Girlguiding and has seen some of the biggest names in pop – including Ed Sheeran, Tinie Tempah and Rita Ora – perform at major venues over its 13-year history.