A COMMEMORATIVE baton marking 100 years of the Women's Institute has reached York.

The baton is travelling around England and Wales to mark the centenary, and yesterday reached Murton, where the WI held their meeting at the Museum of Farming.

Janice Whiteford, chairman of the North East WI Federation, said: "It's going absolutely superbly and we've been blessed with wonderful weather again today. We had more than 50 people here all looking around the museum and watching a DVD on the history of the WI and an exhibit on the work the WI did in the Second World War.

"Our bit finishes next week and it's quite sad really, it's been a really exciting week. We've had representations from all 106 WI groups in our Federation, which is a marvellous feat to get everyone together."

Earlier this week, the baton made its way from Helmsley to Whitby, from the National Park Offices in Bondgate, Helmsley, via the North York Moors Railway service to Pickering.

The baton will arrive at Sutton Bank Gliding Club on Wednesday (APR 23)

It will appear at the Yorkshire Farming Museum, Murton on April 16 at 11am and will arrive by glider at Sutton Bank Gliding Club on April 23, and will eventually arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2015 for the Centenary Celebration Annual Meeting.