Two members of the Woman’s Institute (WI) will visit Ryedale this Friday as part of the organisation’s centenary celebrations.
Janice Whiteford and Freda Shaw, of the WI’s North Yorkshire East Federation branch, will carry a special centenary baton to the headquarters of North York Moors National Park in the morning.
From there they will travel by car to Whitby and return to Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) at 2pm as part of the baton’s passage around every WI federation within England and Wales.
“We are hugely excited that the NYMR will be playing a role in this important part of history in the making for the WI,” said Janice. “The Centenary celebrations are a shining example of what the WI stands for showcasing the friendship that exists between each federation as the baton is passed throughout England and Wales.”
At Pickering Station, the pair will be greeted by 26 WI members and Janet Frank, the chairman of Ryedale District Council.
She said: “I’m pleased to receive the baton on this leg of its journey. It’s great to know the WI is going from strength to strength in its 100th year I’m proud to be a member of the WI and I hope it’s still going strong in another hundred years from now.”