A Shoogle to Remember

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The Glasgow Subway played its part in making the dreams of a very special Brownie troop come true recently when Hamleys Toy Shop invited over 30 young girls from the 9th Renfrew Brownies to a once in a lifetime in store sleepover … and to play with as many toys as possible.

The pyjama party was held to celebrate 100 years of the Brownies and took place at the famous toy shop’s St Enoch Centre branch, right next to the Subway.

The girls and their Leaders enjoyed an after-hours disco, games, tour of the shop, midnight movie, glitter tattoos, as well as toy shopping and a lot more!

Hattie Bear even got enrolled in to the 9th Renfrew Brownie Group. And best of all, parents and leaders kept the reason for their trip to Glasgow a secret until the last minute!

The girls were met by real life rag dolls, their mascot Hattie Bear and the Hamleys Toy Master when they came off at St Enoch SPT Subway station. Subway staff were in the know…but managed to keep the secret too.

Gordon Maclennan, SPT Chief Executive said: “It was vital the girls got to the toy shop in plenty of time to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. There was no better way of doing that than a mystery Shoogle from Govan to the city centre. We are delighted they had such a lovely time.”

Pete Donaldson, Hamleys Events Coordinator, said: “It was a very exciting night for both the Hamleys Entertainment team and the 9th Renfrew Brownies. The Brownies had no idea what was going on, and we really gave them a huge surprise when they saw us all dressed up as Hamleys characters in the Subway. It was such a great night and everyone is still going on about how much fun they had…it’s a dream come true for any child to sleep over night in such a great toy shop!”

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Brownies – the section for girls aged seven to 10 – is currently celebrating its 100th birthday with a range of events across the country.