IT was the most important birthday in their history. Around 1,500 Hampshire Brownies were out over the weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the movement.

More than 50 units took part in the “Look at Us” relay walk across the county, with packs enjoying nature walks in Southampton, Winchester and the New Forest before a fun-filled activity extravaganza at Foxlease.

Jackie Moxon, Southampton Central Division Commissioner, took 36 girls to Matley Woods in the New Forest on a vintage bus, following a three-mile walk from Woodmill Activity Centre to Shirley.

She said: “It’s been a very hot day but good fun. It’s been a wonderful celebration of 100 years and there will definitely be another 100 years of Brownies to come.”

Meanwhile, 2nd South Wonston Brownies started off at Tubbs Hall in Kings Worthy on Saturday at 11am, and handed the baton over to 1st and 5th Winchester City units on the green at River Park Leisure centre at 1pm.

They then walked to Hospital of St Cross to hand over to 1st and 2nd Harestock Brownies, and were joined by Anne Falconer, County Commissioner. She said: “We have been here for 100 years and we are still going strong and still relevant to today’s girls, and doing lots of fun activities.”

Each pack also carried a birthday bear with them on their walks.