North West Brownies bid for sleepover world record

Brownies largest sleepover world record attempt Image copyright Victoria Heneghan Girl Guiding NW England
Image caption North West England Brownies are hoping to smash the current world record

North West England Brownies have set what could be a new record for the world's largest sleepover.

Organiser Gillian Clarkson said 2,003 Brownies slept in a marquee overnight at Chester Zoo in an attempt to beat the current world record of 1,626 set by Brownies in Kent.

The Guide leader said: "Adjudicators from Guinness World Records were here and the girls all have their fingers crossed we've smashed it."

The girls are all between seven and 10.

Ms Clarkson said: "When we told the girls they had to sleep for five hours they immediately went silent because they were so determined to beat the record.

"We should know in a couple of weeks if we have been successful."

As well as the world record bid, the Brownies staged a weekend of events at the zoo to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Brownies, the younger section of Girlguiding.

Girl Guides were formed by Lord Baden-Powell as girls sought their own version of the Scouts.

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