Garstang hosts WI ‘international’ show

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS'Barbara Baxendale is Secretary at Great Eccleston WI, she is pictured here with the 2nd prizewinning Great Eccleston display 'Around the World' at the LFWI County Show at Garstang Golf Club
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS'Barbara Baxendale is Secretary at Great Eccleston WI, she is pictured here with the 2nd prizewinning Great Eccleston display 'Around the World' at the LFWI County Show at Garstang Golf Club

VISITORS to the annual Lancashire Federation WI County Show were treated to an international flavour with a “trip around the world”

Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club was transformed with exhibits and displays exploring different cultures through crafts, foods and home-made delights.

The event, now in its tenth year at Garstang, attracted coach loads of visitors from across the county and as far afield as Cumbria, Cheshire and Yorkshire.

Committee chairman Audrey Weatherill welcomed the Mayor of Wyre, David Bannister, and the Mayoress, Glenice Bannister, who spent a while enjoying the displays and especially the home-made honey of Catterall beekeeper and Claughton WI member Doris Richardson. Audrey said: “Year on year we are getting better and better and there are some unbelievable things which make it very difficult for the judges to choose a winner.”

Committee member Pam Wade said it had been a busy few days preparing for the two-day show, but the hard work had paid off with the national judges declaring the quality and standard of displays had been higher than ever before.

Audrey said: “We had 100 visitors on the first morning and we’ve had coach parties across the two days.

“It is a lot of work and the groups have been preparing for many months, but it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the talents of local people and Garstang is the perfect venue.”

The show also welcomed local producers and exhibitors selling goods from pies and pastries, to glass art, paintings, woodwork, bath products, jewellery, cards and embroidery.

This year, the ladies of the WI nationally have also been on a teddy-knitting drive creating thousands of cuddly toys set to make a globetrekking journey of their own.

The bears have been made in aid of the Teddies for Tragedies charity and will be sent as gifts to orphans across the world.