Centenary Baton Watch! … Hampshire

By vintage bus and fire engine, on horseback and by boat – the Centenary Baton continued its journey with a visit to Hampshire last week.

The baton was welcomed to Hampshire with a hand-off from the West Sussex Federation. Click here to listen to a BBC clip of the Mayor of Havant welcoming the baton to Hampshire, and then to Hampshire Federation baton coordinator Ros Cooper who describes the baton as “terribly unexciting, really”!

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Staunton WI members dressed as suffragettes for the occasion.

 

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Hampshire WI member Zoe Stanley brings the baton to West Tytherley Primary School on horseback.The baton made its way from Twyford into Winchester city centre on Friday, with a torch-lit procession taking place down to the High Street to the Guildhall.

 

The baton made its way from Twyford into Winchester city centre on Friday, with a torch-lit procession taking place down to the High Street to the Guildhall.

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The Winchester leg started on Thursday with a celebration in Alresford. Branch chairman Gill Graham Maw carried the baton from Basingstoke in a 1979 AA van and was greeted with cheers and clapping.

Alresford WI chairman Gill Graham holds the baton

Alresford WI chairman Gill Graham holds the baton

Copythorne WI held a party at the village hall, with all members suitably costumed.

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