PICTURE GALLERY: Milestones celebrated as WI members meet

It was a time of celebration for the Lincolnshire North Federation of WIs when they held their annual council meeting at Skegness last week.

More than 400 members attended the event in the Embassy Centre, where certificates were presented for WI anniversaries and personal membership achievements.

federation chairman Chris Morgan BEM (centre), with previous chairmen, from left, Betty Harvey, Barbara Clay, Catriona Adams and Ann Barnes. EMN-170603-092714001

federation chairman Chris Morgan BEM (centre), with previous chairmen, from left, Betty Harvey, Barbara Clay, Catriona Adams and Ann Barnes. EMN-170603-092714001

The WI movement celebrated its Centenary in 2015, and this year Branston WI is the first in the federation to mark its 100th anniversary.

Ludford WI was among those to receive its 70th anniversary certificate and three of its members - Joan Brocklebank, Barbara Guthrie and Rosamond Wildsmith - also celebrated their 70-years of WI membership.

The certificates were presented by Radio Lincolnshire presenter Scott Dalton, who had been the morning speaker, along with the stations’ sports presenter Su Whitaker.

During the afternoon, author Julie Summers kept everyone spellbound, as she spoke about her books and the role the WI had in World War II, as highlighted in her best-selling book Jambusters, which was the basis of the popular TV series Homefires.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Lincolnshire North Federation and they are celebrating by putting on a pantomime, amongst other things.

Two of the characters - comedy bears Ruby and Emerald - were there to promote the event, after all the WI is known for its ‘bear’ ladies.