MORE than 1000 Girl Guides from all over the Highlands and Islands greeted the World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, when she visited Inverness in October.
As she entered the Empire Theatre, she was welcomed with a rendition of the Gaelic song, O hi-ri-ri tha e tighinn.
During an inspirational speech, she reflected on her visits over the years to many different countries and continents where even if she could not understand the language, she always received the same heart-warming, smiling welcome and had received the same impression of young people working together in a great fellowship which could do nothing but good in the world.
She also carried the loving greetings of British Guides wherever she went and even though they could never know each other they were linked by their pursuit of the common purpose and ideals of Guiding.
"We are a great living force, the whole world over, for establishing understanding and friendship and all the things for which the United Nations stand such as good will, friendliness and understanding towards each other," she said.
"That is the spirit which the world needs now more than ever before and we are all in this together, using our strength, affection, prayers and skill to make this Guide family of ours a tremendous force in the world at the present time."