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Dovenby WI May 2018

This month's meeting was held in the Helena Thompson Museum in Workington. Members met for an evening's talk given by Pat Martin on the 'Story of Knickers'! This was a fabulously entertaining talk including samples of ladies undergarments dating back to Victorian times.

Pat Hall introduced the speaker Pat Martin, who informed us that until the end of the 18th century "decent" women had always gone knickerless. Drawers were originally worn only by men, but due to changes in fashion and the introduction of the bicycle, women increasingly adopted them. Pat was so informative, taking us back to the 1850's, from then on, drawers became more decorative. From the 20th century "knickers" - the term from knickerbockers - had become more colourful. During the Second World War women had to learn to 'make do', with home knitted knickers. 1950's development of nylon and elastic revolutionised underwear, yet as the years progressed, and hemlines rose, knickers got smaller and smaller!!

This was a really entertaining talk by Pat Martin, and backup Pat Hall.

The evening's talk was followed by a high tea of sandwiches and cakes with non-alcoholic beverages.

The competition, an old family photo, was won by Jean Moralee, with Pat Harper in second place.

The competition was won by Nancy Fearon with Pat Harper in second place.
The raffle was won by Joyce Thompson.

Meetings are usually held at Bridekirk Dovenby School on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. More details and a programme are to be found on http://www.bridekirkparish.org.uk/wi

 Contact could be made by emailing wi@bridekirkparish.org.uk


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