Village salutes former Land Girl, Dora

PUBLISHED: 08:45 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 15 June 2010

WHEN the Government formally recognised the role played by women in the Land Army during World War II, pensioner Dora Toon received a badge through the post.

WHEN the Government formally recognised the role played by women in the Land Army during World War II, pensioner Dora Toon received a badge through the post.Villagers in Dunkeswell decided the honour should be marked with a surprise party and greeted Dora, 86, with a round of applause when she went to collect her paper from the Spar shop.A party was then held in the shop's cafe area.Dora said: "I was initially sent to a farm near Coventry. The city was being bombed and people used to come and hide in our barns."I then moved to Wolford Farm, Dunkeswell, which was then owned by the Mitchell family. I stayed on after the war and I still live in one of the farm cottages.


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