Singing suffragettes take over the WI

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A Northumberland WI group is making plans to have a starring role in a production which centres on the First World War and the rise of suffragettes.

Alnmouth Women’s Institute Songsters will be taking part in a special production of Years to Remember, which will take place at the village’s Hindmarsh Hall for one night only.

The group will perform as a choir and suffragettes in a rally.

The show, which commemorates the First World War in music, song and dance, will feature the pipes and drums, mouth organ trio Mouthing Off, clog dancing, a Dolly Grey soloist, trumpeter Richard Stamp and recitations from Lieutenant Colonel Hogg.

Mary Hollins, the show’s producer, said: “Alnmouth’s WI Songsters have made the record of being the first Alnmouth WI to feature in the December edition of our national magazine WI Life with a photo and short article.

“This is notable because Alnmouth’s is one of the oldest WIs in the country – it will celebrate its centenary in 2017.”

Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes OBE will be acting as compere for the evening.

Years to Remember will be taking place in Alnmouth Hindmarsh Hall on Friday, January 15. Tickets cost £8 and are available from Alnmouth and Lesbury Post Offices, or by calling 01665 830330. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.