MORE than 1,300 Brownies from across Cumbria headed to Muncaster Castle on Saturday to celebrate the organisation’s 100th birthday.

The Big Brownie Birthday saw the girls travel through three time zones marking their past, present and future.

They celebrated Brownies Past through maypole and Morris dancing, while in the Present they challenged themselves on climbing walls and Zorbing, and each other in giant games of draughts and Connect Four.

For the Future the Brownies focused on taking care of the environment through learning about science and recycling.

The closing ceremony saw all 1,300 girls and more than 400 adult volunteers taking part in a choreographed dance routine on the Castle lawn, to Pharrell Williams’s hit song ‘Happy’ from the film ‘Despicable Me’.

Barb Littlewood, County Commissioner for Girlguiding Cumbria South said: “I am absolutely delighted with the way the Big Brownie Birthday Starquest at Muncaster Castle turned out.

“We couldn't have asked for a better venue and this was an event that will remain in our members’ memories for the rest of their lives.’

The Brownies were founded by Lord Baden Powell in 1914 as the junior section of the Girl Guides and were originally called 'Rosebuds' before being renamed in 1915.