Celebrating the wartime role of women

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A FASCINATING yet often overlooked chapter of the Second World War is the vital role women played helping Britain on the home front by working on the land.

Vivid memories and timeless songs brought a tear to many eyes at The Old Slaughterhouse Heritage and Arts Centre as Escape Arts earlier this month launched a free historical exhibition ‘The Food of Love’ with specially invited guests who served locally in the Women’s Land Army.

The launch brought together eight land army women now aged in their 80s and 90s who – like thousands of others – rose to the challenge of keeping Britain safe and fed on the home front while men went off to fight.  This period is also regarded as pivotal in the growth of women’s social and economic equality.

To coincide with the Heritage Open Days in the town centre Escape Arts also hosted ‘Here Come The Girls’, a living history event involving local people, partnership organisations businesses and schools.

There was also a recreation of a land-girl wedding featuring a handmade embroidered parachute wedding dress, wartime food and recipes, a bake off, a wonky veg competition make do and mend workshops, theatrical performances by Second Thoughts Theatre Company with support from Phoenix Players.

The exhibition continues through to Christmas.