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Anne Diamond | 12:40 UK time, Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Audrey pic 1

Lovely bacon sarnies this morning as my special guest was local pig farmer and businesswoman Audrey French, from Arborfield near Reading.

But she wasn't just talking bacon this morning - she brought in these wonderful pictures of the lovely local ladies who were part of the Women's Land Army in the war.

These pictures were given to Audrey by a woman who was billeted at Burchetts Green near Maidenhead. But Audrey never took the woman's name, and now she doesn't know who these girls are, nor whether any of them still live locally.

Audrey pic 2

Perhaps others might be able to look at these wonderful historical snapshots, and recognise their own mother or grandmother - particularly if they live in nearby Mortimer, near Newbury, which is where Audrey reckons the picture of the house may be from. So, if anyone recognises anything about these wonderful pictures, get in touch and we'll pass on the information to Audrey, who's trying to build up a more comprehensive picture of the work done by the Land Army girls in the Berkshire area.


Of course, many of the Land Army girls felt they were the poor relations of the women's forces, because they didn't get a glamorous uniform and they weren't held in the same respect as the women in the Armed Forces.

If you want to find out more, pop along to Audrey's Open Farm day this Saturday - find out more on her website.

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