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AUDIO: Harrogate hosts WI centenary celebration

AUDIO: Harrogate hosts WI centenary celebration

Published at 6:23pm 3rd September 2015. (Updated at 6:25pm 3rd September 2015)

Craven's very own Calendar Girls are among those celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Women's Institute.

The famous ladies from the Rylstone and District branch have visited the WI Centennial Fair at Harrogate International Centre.

Open to both WI members and non-members, it's hoped that the event will become an annual fixture.

Visitors can see over 200 exhibitors and craft workshops, cooking demonstrations and lifestyle seminars from names such as Carol Smillie, Dr Hilary Jones, Bill Oddie and property expert Louisa Fletcher.

Shirry Liram, director of the WI Centennial Fair, said: "Harrogate is the perfect location to launch this event, as the facilities at the Harrogate International Centre are excellent. With the space available, we're able to set up four different seminar theatres and we think our visitors will really enjoy this interactive element to the fair. Our UK-wide exhibitors, speakers and visitors will be welcomed by Harrogate's community and a thriving local WI committee.

"It's set to be a fantastic atmosphere, with WI members celebrating, while newcomers can visit the official WI stand to find out more about the wonderful work the WI does in encouraging women to work together, skill-share and campaign."

Janice Langley, National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) Chair, added: "We're really excited to be marking 100 years of the WI with the Centennial Fair in Harrogate.

"The WI was originally formed to encourage and support women during the First World War and now, a century later, it's about providing women with the opportunity to take part in activities and build new skills, which is what the fair is all about."

Calendar Girls Beryl Bamforth (Miss January) and Tricia Scott (Miss October) spoke to Stray FM in Harrogate:

More information about the WI Centennial Fair at www.thewishow.com