Alnwick Centre WI, March meeting

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Alnwick Centre WI enjoyed memories of old Alnwick with Adrian Ions.

He showed some of his vast collection of old photographs which depicted buildings and people from years ago. He first showed the War Memorial and a photo of the last thatched cottage in the town.

Although it was situated on the Great North Road, the street looked very muddy with stone setts across it to protect the crinolines from the dirt. The numerous old pubs of Alnwick were also shown, many with the landlord standing in the doorway.

It was interesting to see the streets and to notice how some buildings had gone, or changed out of all recognition, while others were still clearly recognisable. The shop windows were very different but also recognisable.

All were enlivened by stories and reminiscences of the characterful shopkeepers and inhabitants.

There was a great deal of audience participation as members remembered various places and people.

Adrian had a collection of weird old objects of which members found the name and usage almost impossible to guess.

After tea and biscuits Sylvia Taylor, the president, took the business part of the meeting.

Future events, a coffee morning in May, the 89th birthday lunch later in the week and a summer outing, were discussed along with some county events.

The Spring Council meeting is to be held in Alnwick Playhouse on April 11. The raffle was drawn, Elizabeth Jones won the birthday flowers and Joan Muter the competition.

The next meeting will be at 7.30pm in the evening on April 11, when Athol Swanson will talk about the River Coquet. All are welcome.