Ladies plant centenary lime tree

Members of Fleetwood WI plant a tree in Memorial Park, Fleetwood to mark the centenary of the WI and the First World War.

Members of Fleetwood WI plant a tree in Memorial Park, Fleetwood to mark the centenary of the WI and the First World War.

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Ladies from Fleetwood’s Women’s Institute have planted a tree in the town’s Memorial Park to commemorate two centenaries.

Members gathered in the park for a short ceremony to mark the WI’s centenary and the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

They planted a lime tree and placed flowers on the Cenotaph.

WI president Pamela 
McCrystl said: “We wanted to do something for both occasions and we thought planting a tree would be a good way to do that.

“It was a lovely occasion and we like the tree. It’s taken a bit of organising but we are pleased.

“From what we have seen, the improvements to the park are spectacular.”

Laying flowers on the Cenotaph was WI member Elizabeth Stevens.

She said: “The flowers were purple, green and white lilies. The green and white 
represented the WI and the purple flowers were a nod to the Suffragettes, many of whom were involved in the First World War.”

Fleetwood WI was formed 22 years ago and currently 
has 35 members.

The group is looking to form a second WI which will meet in the evenings with the hope of attracting younger members.

Dewi Howell, Memorial Park development officer at Wyre Council, said: “It was an honour to welcome the WI 
ladies to the park and to have a special tree planted in their name during the centenaries of both the WI and the First World War.

“The tree is a symbol of the park’s ties to the community, formed over many years past and now strengthened for the future.”

The park is currently undergoing a huge transformation to the tune of £2.4m of lottery funding.