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News Release - Issued by The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

WI Centenary Baton

Friday 11th April
2pm train from Whitby

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) welcomes the Woman’s Institute (WI) on Friday 11th April as two members of the North Yorkshire East Federation carry a special centenary baton on the 2pm service from Whitby to Pickering as part of the WI’s centenary celebrations.

The special centenary baton will be carried on the NYMR as part of the batons passage around every WI federation within England and Wales during 2014 and 2015. Janice Whiteford (WI members) said “We are hugely excited that the NYMR will be playing a role in this important part of history in the making for the WI. The Centenary celebrations are a shining example of what the WI stands for showcasing the friendship that exists between each federation as the baton is passed throughout England and Wales.”

Along with fellow member Freda Shaw they will carry the baton on-board the train while a welcome party will wait at Pickering Station for the trains arrival including up to 26 WI members from the federation alongside the chairman of Ryedale District Council, Janet Frank who comments "I'm pleased to receive the baton on this leg of its journey. It's great to know the WI is going from strength to strength in its 100th year I'm proud to be a member of the WI and I hope it's still going strong in another hundred years from now."

WI members will be taking the baton through town centres on open-top buses, speed boats, on walks and have been invited to parties. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is delighted to welcome the baton on its steam services from Whitby, Danielle Ramsey, marketing manager said “We are excited we can be a part of this prestigious journey, having carried the Olympic Torch in 2012 we welcome yet another iconic group to celebrate such a wonderful achievement and help the WI celebrate 100 years as it passes through the North Yorkshire East Federation.”

The North Yorkshire Moors National Park are transporting the Centenary Baton from Helmsley to Whitby, with the Charabanc company delivering the baton to the station after it has toured the coastal town, when it will then be whisked onto the Steam Train to travel 24 miles on the Heritage Railway through to Pickering.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is open every day from 2nd November running trains to and from Whitby Station. Day rover tickets are priced from£25.00 for adults, £21.50 for seniors, £12.50 for a child, and £54.00 for a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children, with a 15% discount currently available to those booking online using the code “ROVER15”.

For more information, please visit or call 01751 472508.


For further media information, please contact:

Danielle Ramsey
Marketing Manager – NYMR
Tel: 01751 473799

Photo Opportunity: WI will be departing on the 2pm service from Whitby and arriving in Pickering at approximately 3.40pm where a banner will be displayed alongside WI member welcoming the baton to Ryedale.


The Centenary celebrations began on 1 January 2014 launched in Anglesey where the first WI meeting was held in the UK in 1915 and will finish in June 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the WI Annual Meeting. Follow the link for the full Federation Centenary Link timetable.: See more at: