SING ALONG: After their summer break members of Embleton WI met at Creighton Hall for their 93rd birthday meeting.
A business meeting conducted by the president, Lady Craft, brought members up to date on the forthcoming events being held county-wide, local invitations from Howick, Lesbury and Longhoughton and the group meeting.
Members from the other seven institutes in the Lindisfarne group were then welcomed and thanked for their birthday greetings.
A warm greeting was given to the guest speaker, Peter Brown, who is well known in the musical circles of Alnwick and district for his work with many choirs and the Youth Theatre.
If the ladies were expecting to sit back and listen to music they were in for a surprise.
Peter accompanied the members in a rousing rendition of Jerusalem before transforming them into a choir.
Back on their feet everyone was started on exercises to assist in the singing to follow.
Starting with one wellknown song the WI ladies were gradually progressed through to three-part harmonies and could hardly believe their final result.
Peter was then thanked by the president and members for an enjoyable and unexpected experience, when most of them had been expecting a quiet afternoon.
Everyone was then ready to sit down and partake of afternoon tea prepared by the Embleton members while catching up with friends.
The competition for a birthday card was judged by Peter, the winners: 1 Lady Craft; 2 Joan Littler; 3 Lynn Harris. Raffle prizes were won by visitors.
Two days later some members from Embleton joined up with those from Bamburgh, Beadnell, Belford, Craster, Howick and Seahouses for their annual group meeting at Seahouses Social Club.
Secretaries from all the institutes gave reports of their varied activities including the county show to be held in Wooler in October.
After the business it was time for more music as the Ukulele Hotshots, a versatile quartet, took to the stage and had everyone foot tapping and singing to the melodies of yesteryear.
The evening was completed by a pooled supper, results of competitions for a greetings card and brownies and of course the raffle.
The group convenor, Mrs Peggy Wood, of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI could be well pleased as all the members left for home in a happy mood.