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Prince Charles unveils memorial to the Land Girls

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Media captionThe sculpture was unveiled in Fochabers

Prince Charles has unveiled a memorial in Scotland to recognise young women who left their homes to work farms and feed the nation during World War II.

The Duke of Rothesay met some surviving Land Girls at the ceremony in Fochabers, Moray.

Image caption Thousands of women were drafted in to feed the nation

The Women's Land Army (WLA) was established in 1917 by the UK Board of Agriculture, which drafted in thousands of women to work on the land.

A sculpture in their honour was designed by Peter Naylor.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "The Women's Land Army played a crucial role in helping to feed the nation and maintain our agricultural land during the dark years of World War II.

"Their dedication and drive was truly remarkable - and the fact we have such well-based agricultural and forestry industries in Scotland is a testament to all that they achieved.

"The splendid sculpture in Moray is a fitting tribute, which shows the appreciation we all have for the Women's Land Army and ensures their extraordinary story is preserved forever."

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