KEIGHLEY’S Girlguiding movement has cancelled its 2021 Thinking Day parade and service.

The organisation said it had taken the decision for safety reasons amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Thinking Day, in February, marks the joint birthdays of Lord Robert Baden-Powell – who founded the Guide movement – and his wife Olave and encourages young members to think of others across the world.

In Keighley, the occasion is marked annually with a parade through the town and a service at the Shared Church.

Hundreds of young members and adults normally gather for the event.

Organisers said it had been decided now not to go ahead with the 2021 celebration – but that it would be back on February 20, 2022.

“We felt that large gatherings of more than 250 people would still not be allowed in three months’ time – coupled with the fact that the event is held in the Shared Church and we don’t want to create a further risk to the wider community,” said a spokesman.

“We have to be safe at all costs.

“However, we will be back in February, 2022.”