WI creates anniversary war models

Poppy and Tommy Flanders in the Divan Clan shop.
Poppy and Tommy Flanders in the Divan Clan shop.

Ashington Women’s Institute has celebrated the 100th anniversary of The Northumberland Federation of the WI by paying their respects to all those who fought and endured war.

The members created models, called Tommy and Poppy Flanders, to mark the birthday, as well as 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The women used oddments of wool and items begged and borrowed to reflect the ‘make do and mend’ ethos of the WI, founded in 1915 in response to the hardships of the First World War.

Women banded together to help the war effort, teaching communities how to forage for wild foods and mend clothing.

Tommy and Poppy were displayed in the Divan Clan bed shop, at the former Ashington indoor market.