Women's Institute pageant, King George's Hall, Blackburn
PUBLISHED: 00:16 21 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:19 20 February 2013
WI members across the county staged a pageant of music, dance and drama at King George's Hall in Blackburn. Photography by Kirsty Thompson
Lady Assheton may well have required the smelling salts if she had been in the audience - but then, it was 1920 when became the first chairman of the Lancashire Federation of Womens Institutes.
A lot has happened in those 90 years and the landmark was celebrated in style by WI members across the county who staged a pageant of music, dance and drama at King Georges Hall in Blackburn.
A packed audience from across the county saw Pat Ascroft, of the Broughton branch, compere an evening which charted the history of the movement - from Votes for Women to Keep Britain Tidy.
Chairman Sally Roberts told guests: Tonight is the culmination of a very special year. Members have made a contribution to this special year in a variety of different ways and this is a showcase for some of the extraordinary talent that Lancashire members have always displayed. Tonights performance is not just a celebration of the last 90 years, its also an overture for the next 90.
Happily, some things never change - members gave a rousing chorus of Jerusalem before heading home
Photography by Kirsty Thompson