THE centenary of one of the district’s WIs has been marked with a special gift.

A bespoke story chair has been gifted to Wylam Library in recognition of the100th birthday of Wylam WI.

The chair, designed by woodworker David Foote from Alnwick, was presented at a special event at the library on Saturday.

The chair was made from native woods, and features a carved design of the leaves of the trees used.

Ithas been designed so that a child and an adult can sit comfortably together. There’s also a red velvet cushion and the facility to have fairy lights added.

The chair is available for informal use as well as special events.

On Saturday, children’s author and illustrator Liz Million also attended to read the first stories from the chair to children.

President of the Wylam WI group, Robin Piette, said: “We wanted to do something a bit different to celebrate our centenary.

“What better way of marking it than by giving something to the community which can be enjoyed for generations to come?”

The presentation also marked the start of a week of celebrations and events across Northumberland’s libraries to mark National Libraries Week.

Coun. Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts, leisure and tourism, said: “We are delighted to accept this stunning story chair at Wylam library.

“We would like to thank the WI group for their generous donation.

“To have somewhere bespoke for the adults and children of the community to come and enjoy reading a book together is very special.

“I am sure it will be cherished by everyone who uses it.

“Presented during National Libraries Week, the chair and the centenary celebrations are a good opportunity for us to promote to everyone, whether they are regular users of the service or not, what is available in their local library.”