Many happy returns

Members of Alnwick Centre WI at their 90th anniversary celebration.

Members of Alnwick Centre WI at their 90th anniversary celebration.

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Alnwick Centre WI celebrated its 90th birthday in style at a dinner held in St Michael’s Church Hall.

The county president, Hilary Robson, and her vice-president both attended as did the presidents from the institutes in the Hotspur group, Alnmouth, Brizlee, Longhoughton and Shilbottle, also the president of the newly-formed Rothbury WI.

After group photographs, a welcome by Ann Brown, co-president, and the singing of Jerusalem, canapés and wine were served. A delicious dinner, catered by Melanie Collins at St Michael’s Hall, was enjoyed.

The birthday cake was cut by Marie Cooke, the longest-serving member, who gave a short speech thanking the institute.

The ‘table gifts’ of a beautifully presented handkerchief and a booklet about Alnwick Centre members were much appreciated.

An entertainment of Northumbrian music and song by Andy and Margaret Watchhorn was excellent, ending the evening very enjoyably.

Although 90 years old, the Alnwick Centre WI proved that it was still in good health!

The next meeting, when members are invited to bring along a friend, is tonight at 7.30pm when Athol Swanson will talk on Railways.