IT WAS an eclectic agenda for the latest Llangynog Women's Institute (WI) meeting for June with a mixture of Jubilee celebrations and talk of forbidden love.

The group heard from Mark Hignett, from Oswestry Museum about the love letters between two soldiers during the Second World War.

And they also enjoyed a bit of bubbly for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A spokesman for the group said: "The group met at Llangynog’s Memorial Hall, dressed in summer’s leafy green, as WI members welcomed speaker Mark, author and curator of Oswestry Town Museum, to their meeting.

"Mark spoke of how he had gradually amassed hundreds of letters to a soldier in Oswestry barracks between the years 1938 to 1942 and how by playing detective had pieced together the detailed life and love of two men, Gilbert and Gordon, during the Second World War.

"Despite the risk of court martial and imprisonment their love flourished and members listened, enthralled, as the story of these two lives unfolded.

"The sheer depth and beauty of the language of love in the letters was profoundly moving, a testament to the power of feeling free to express love through words.

"A tasty Platinum Jubilee supper followed when members, all dressed in red, white and blue, were able to talk to Mark further, about details still being uncovered in the letters.

"Everyone enjoyed a glass of bubbly to celebrate."