IT was an occasion to remember as Brownies from across the area packed into Bognor Regis for their centenary birthday bonanza.
Some 3,000 Brownies and another 1,000 leaders and volunteers from across the south east flooded into Butlin’s to make sure the movement’s 100th birthday was celebrated in style.
Kim Whitmore, a volunteer chief of communications and marketing, said: “It is great to see all the Brownies from across the south east joining in the celebration.
“There is plenty for them to do and all 3,000 girls will even get the chance to go swimming. This is a very special event for us and a lot of organisation has gone into it.”
The event was also run and organised by volunteers who made sure there was plenty on offer to keep the girls, aged between seven and nine, busy.
Joining in the fun were members of the First Aldwick and Pagham Brownies.
The girls made sure they got into the party spirit by joining in with the hundreds of activities on offer.
The could try their hands at circus skills, craft workshops, a blind assault course, take a spin on the carousel, or even watch a pantomime.
Leader Jennifer Sibley said: “It has been a busy but great weekend. There have been lots of different things for the girls to do and they have had the chance to meet other Brownies and make new friends.
“I think the movement is so popular because it is all about giving girls opportunities and letting them make decisions for themselves.”
As with any party the centrepiece was the cake – and this once certainly did not disappoint.
But the impressive cake was not made from the traditional flour, sugar and eggs.
Instead, it was made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Measuring 2.4m in diameter, it took more than 50,000 bricks and was completed with 100 LEGO candles.
Although it can’t be eaten, the cake will be used at several events this year.
Marie Hill, of the First Midhurst Brownies said: “The girls all absolutely loved it. They could not stop raving about what a good time they had to their parents.”
The five-strong unit was accompanied by two adult leaders.
For more information about the Brownies visit www.girlguiding.org.uk