A SERVICE and banner parade will be held at Truro Cathedral to mark the centenary of the Cornwall Federation of Women’s Institutes.

The service, which will start at 2pm on Saturday, September 28, will be preceded by a parade of WI members proudly carrying their WIs’ banners.

As some of the WIs in Cornwall are themselves 100 years old, many of the banners are ancient and treasured pieces in their own right, lovingly created by WI members over the years.

The parade of banners will assemble on Cathedral Green at 1.40pm and will process to High Cross and into the Cathedral, led by the Cornwall Federation of Women’s Institutes banner.

Throughout 2019 the Cornwall Federation of Women’s Institutes (CFWI) is celebrating its centenary by encouraging members and WIs to ‘Take the 100 Pledge’.

Some WIs are challenging themselves to walk 100 miles during the year, others to knit 100 items, read 100 books or make 100 jars of jam.

Earlier this year, 100 WI members took to the sky at the Hangloose zipwire at the Eden Project.

Above all, this is a day to celebrate the WI and to honour the history of 100 years of the WI in Cornwall.

CFWI was formed on September 30, 1919, at the old County Hall in Truro.