A WOMAN from Huddersfield was in the spotlight today.
Hilda Gibson was one of over 1,700 former members of the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps from Yorkshire to receive a special badge of honour to mark their efforts to provide food for the nation during the Second World War.
And she did so in style, joining 50 former Land Girls from across the country at No 10 Downing Street.
They met Prime Minister Gordon Brown and were presented with their badges of honour by Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Mrs Gibson, from Crosland Moor, was among the Land Girls from Yorkshire and Humberside at today’s ceremony.
The 83-year-old served with the Women’s Land Army between 1944 and 1946, working on farms in Lincolnshire and East Anglia.
She said: “I was posted to a poultry farm in East Anglia, which was very physical work. But I was young, fit and enthusiastic.
“The whole experience has stuck with me. I think it’s a really good idea to create these awards. Everyone had to do their bit during the war and serving my country in its hour of need was a privilege.”
The Women’s Land Army, known collectively as the Land Girls, worked on farms to feed the nation during the war, as male workers went off to fight.
They supplied the nation with food, supporting the war effort and avoiding food shortages.
Mr Benn announced last December that the Land Girls would receive formal recognition for the first time.
At the peak in 1943 there were 80,000 Land Girls working from dawn till dusk to provide food for the nation.
Over 30,000 women will receive a badge of honour this summer.