Garboldisham WI celebrates 100 years with village tea party

Garboldisham WI were celebrating the Centenary with a village tea party''Pictured: WI members ANL-150916-185046009
Garboldisham WI were celebrating the Centenary with a village tea party''Pictured: WI members ANL-150916-185046009

The Women’s Institute (WI) of Garboldisham commemorated the centenary year last Wednesday with a village tea party which drew in as many as 80 people to the festivities.

The party, which marked 100 years since the formation of the WI back in 1915, saw members turn out in fancy dress spanning the last century, with music, balloons, banners and a display stand dedicated to the society among the attractions.

The event caught the attention of ITV, which arrived to film the party’s preparations, with presenter Alice Beer hosting a live broadcast in the morning.

Elaine Loomes, of the WI, said: “It couldn’t have gone any better and we have had amazing feedback.

“An awful lot of the village came along.

“Having the TV crew there in the morning definitely helped make an impact.

“They were a fantastic crew. Alice was lovely and she stuck around to have photos taken.

“It was a good old-fashioned tea party and there was a really great atmosphere.”

A local vicar also appeared during the day to bless the occasion and several WI members sang a rendition of Jerusalem.