Brownies take over Higgins for party sleepover

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A night sleeping in a museum was in store for Bedford Brownies, as girls around the world marked the 100th anniversary of the organisation.

As part of the celebrations packs across Bedfordshire have been taking part in The Big Brownie Birthday, which saw some 1,800 girls having a sleep-over in various venues across the county.

In Bedford, The Higgins Museum gave 90 youngsters the chance to have their very own ‘night at the museum’.

While the exhibits may not have come to life and caused mayhem, the girls had their very own adventure sleeping among the artefacts.

They watched the film A Night at the Museum in The Castle Room, followed a museum trail before tucking themselves into their sleeping bags.

In the morning the Brownies played parachute games in the grounds and walked the Castle Mound.

Division Commissioner Gill Lake said: “We were delighted to have been able to stay over at The Higgins Museum.

“It was a fantastic opportunity and a marvellous way to mark the Brownies 100th birthday.”

She added: “Sleeping amongst the exhibits was great fun and luckily none of them came to life.”

The sleepover, on Saturday, June 21, was part of the The Brownie Stay Away, which is an overnight residential event that gives Brownies a “fun, unique and memorable” experience.

Not only was this a big celebration for the Brownies but a double celebration, as this night, the shortest of the year, also marked the anniversary of the museum’s re-opening after a major refurbishment

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