A GROUP of Stafford women are remembering the vital work by the Women’s Land Army during the first and second world wars by doing a 70 miles relay to commemorate D-Day.
Ruth Ford, Elaine Cowie, Sian Hamilton and (front L-R) Sarah Langford, Linda Kirke, Laura Jackson, Sam Owen and Karen Jackson will visit as many farms in Staffordshire, including Shugborough and Amerton this weekend, dressed up in 1940s outfits.
Karen said: "It’s been a bit of fun trying to recreate the feel of what it would have been like to have been part of the WLA, working on the land in all weathers, though looking at the forecast for the weekend we might be getting a bit too authentic.
“We found out that the Grandma of one of our runners, Ruth Ford, had been in the Land Army during WWII. Another of our group, Sian Hamilton, contacted the Staffordshire Women’s Food and Farming Union at Amerton Working Farm who have set up The Women’s Land Army Tribute project to build a memorial to the WLA at the National Memorial Arboretum.
“Sian managed to find a number of farms locally who hosted WLA girls during the war and we’ve tried to plot our route as close to as many of them as possible.
“We hope that raising awareness of the Women's Land Army’s supporting role during the war will help them with their memorial project as well as help us raise money for some of the lesser known military charities we’re running for.”
The group has set up an on-line donations site at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/70-70event