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Baton stops off to celebrate 100 years of the WI

North Yorks Moors Park HQ is the venue for WI Centenary baton relay. Front Janice Whitford leads the group.. pic Richard Ponter 141527

North Yorks Moors Park HQ is the venue for WI Centenary baton relay. Front Janice Whitford leads the group.. pic Richard Ponter 141527

A relay which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute (WI) passed through Ryedale to great fanfare on Friday.

Freda Shaw and Janice Whiteford, members of the North Yorkshire East WI Federation, carried a specially-designed baton as part of a national tour around the UK.

The pair, who looked the part in period clothing, were driven from Helmsley to Whitby by Naomi Green, senior ranger for the North York Moors National Park.

In Whitby, they enjoyed a ride on the town’s charabanc and a meal at The Whistlestop Cafe, before travelling to Pickering in style on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Freda said: “Looking back over the past hundred years, the WI is as relevant today as it was then and continues to inspire women through projects such as ‘let’s cook local’ helping young parents gain skills in cookery and healthy eating, the great food debate looking at food security given an increasing world population, SOS bees and a campaign for more midwives.”

Naomi added: “It was a great honour to be able to help in the centenary celebrations. WIs are such an integral part of rural life campaigning on issues that affect their communities and providing a valuable source of friendship.”

 

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