26th Oct, 2016

Baton to pass through as part of the centenary

Evesham Editorial 4th Sep, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

CELEBRATIONS are set to roll in to Pershore as a commemorative baton will pass through the town to mark the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute.

A total of five Morgan cars will ride in convoy from Upton on Severn to St Andrew’s Hall to celebrate the anniversary with Pershore, Evesham and LRS WI’s on Thursday (September 11) about 2.30pm.

The conductor’s baton will travel more than 2,500 miles by plane, train and road and will pass through all institutes in the country, culminating in the 100th AGM at the Albert Hall in London in June next year.

A year of celebrating the anniversary kicked off in Anglesey and will be passed through Worcester after coming into Pershore.

The day will also see musicians attend the hall, with refreshments and competitions inside along with boules and croquet set to take place in the gardens.

Audrey Whitehouse, president of the Pershore WI, said: “It’s taken a bit of organising and a bit of pushing to get people really enthused about it.

“At first we were only having one Morgan car coming with the baton then suddenly I got an email last week saying there will be five cars coming in with balloons attached which is good.

“Personally, I would have liked the celebrations to be next year when all the WI celebrated on the same day, but that wasn’t to be and we will celebrate it through this year to culminate in next year’s AGM.

“It did take a bit of persuasion for the WIs to understand quite what was going on and for it to all click together but since we’ve got things organised people have become more inclined.

“We’re praying for nice weather as we are expecting quite a lot of people so it would be nice for us to be out in the gardens.”