The W.I. Centenary celebrations arrived in West Cornwall on Wednesday, 18th February when the Baton – which has been travelling the country for a year en route to the Royal Albert Hall for the Centenary A.G.M. in June – was delivered to Land’s End in a bright red Jaguar!
County Chairman, Barbara Corbett joined about 60 members of local W.I.s at the Land’s End Hotel, where Cornish music from members of the Marazion Apollo Choir serenaded us as we enjoyed our coffee and cake against the stunning background of the Atlantic and the Longships lighthouse.
After photographs at the iconic Land’s End signpost, the baton (and Barbara) moved briefly to Carbis Bay before arriving at the Godolphin Arms in Marazion – this time in a vintage Aston Martin. Here we were joined by Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Col. Edward Bolitho, Lady Mary St. Levan and the mayors of Penzance and Marazion as well as the Heyl St. Piran Singers. More tea. More cake! And the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Institute with fellow members from across the area.
We were lucky to enjoy the services of professional photographer Peter Puddiphatt, who took many wonderful pictures throughout the day, some of which appear below.