Members of the Women’s Institute (WI) from across north Northumberland gathered in Bamburgh this week to celebrate an important arrival.
Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes next year, a special baton is travelling all around England and Wales to each of the federations before arriving at the Albert Hall in London for the centenary celebrations in June 2015.
The baton contains a memory stick and each federation is encouraged to add 12 photos so that when it reaches the capital next year, there will be hundreds of memories contained within it.
And on Tuesday afternoon, it arrived at Bamburgh Pavilion for an event for WIs in the north of the county – Alnmouth, Alnwick, Beadnell, Belford, Berwick, Bowsden, Brizlee, Cheswick, Cornhill, Craster, Doddington, Eglingham, Embleton, Glanton, Hedgeley, Howick, Lesbury, Longhoughton, Boulmer, Norham, North Sunderland, Seahouses, Roddam, Shilbottle, Warkworth and Whittingham.
Prior to the event hosted by Bamburgh WI, the baton had been at Cresswell House, in Seaton Burn, and afterwards was due to head off to Newcastle, where it was going for a ride on the Metro and then a ferry to the south-side of the Tyne, and continuing down the east coast.
Marjorie Read, vice-chairman of the Northumberland Federation, who accompanied the baton up from Cresswell House, said: “It’s been quite an experience, I can tell you.”
Following entertainment from Northumbrian music duo, Andrew and Margaret Watchorn, the ladies gathered outside on the Castle Green as the baton was escorted by two women on scooters before entering the Pavilion through a guard of honour of Northumbrian flags.
Afterwards, there was afternoon tea, which included a cake that was impressively decorated by Margaret Smith, from Belford.