GIRL Guides from Wyre Forest travelled to London to celebrate national science and engineering week.

The groups were among 350 Girl Guides from across Worcestershire who travelled on a special charter train and took part in challenges as part of the 10-day national programme to promote science, engineering and technology.

The Wyre Forest Guides included the 1st Abberley and Witley Guides, 12th Kidderminster Guides, 1st Cookley Guides and Rangers, 1st Wilden, 3rd Areley Kings Guides, Kidderminster Central District Rangers and Areley Kings Rangers.

Gail Tutcher, assistant county commissioner of Girlguiding Worcestershire, said: “Girlguiding aims to help girls and young women to raise their aspirations and reach their full potential.

“This event was designed to open their eyes to some of the opportunities available to them through science and engineering, to encourage them to explore new parts of London and, of course, to have lots of fun.”

Rob Brighouse, managing director at Chiltern Railways and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, was on board the train on the day.

He said: “It’s really important that we give young people support and encouragement in finding out more about the career options available to them.

“As an engineer by discipline, I am passionate about the sector and was delighted to be involved in the trip, which showcased some of the exciting and varied opportunities in science and engineering.”

The Worcestershire Girl Guides will receive a badge and a certificate from National Science and Engineering Week for taking part in the activity.