Allanton SWI’s 80th birthday celebrations

Allanton SWI members and guests  enjoying entertainment by the Rag Bag Morris Dancers and the SWI's 80th birthday celebrations
Allanton SWI members and guests enjoying entertainment by the Rag Bag Morris Dancers and the SWI's 80th birthday celebrations

Allanton village hall was the venue for a special birthday party as Allanton SWI celebrated their 80th birthday.

Guests were invited from neighboring institutes along with representation from the Berwickshire Federation Committee.

Entertainment was supplied by the Rag Bag Morris Dancers and thoroughly enjoyed by all with quite a few members and guests taking the opportunity to try out a few steps and moves during the evening.

A celebration cake was made by and decorated by Allanton SWI member Linda Thomson and the honour of cutting it went to the institute’s honorary president, Marion Scobie.

The SWI, started as the Scottish Women’s Rural Insitute in Longniddry, East Lothian, in 1917, designed to bring women together, and in Berwickshire that is exactly what it has been doing over the decades since. Institutes like Allanton (there are 747 altogether) have been the backbone of the SWRI, educating, sharing, campaigning, learning and having fun and they remain as relevant to many women today as they ever were.