LAND Girl Eleanor Castle has been honoured for her hard work during the Second World War.
She was awarded the Women’s Land Army badge for working on the farms while the troops served abroad.
As a teenager Mrs Castle was called upon due to the shortage of labour with most able-bodied men in the forces.
Now, almost seven decades later, she has been awarded a badge in recognition.
Eleanor, 86, of Oakes, said: “I never thought I would get a medal for being in the Land Army. It is quite a surprise.
“To have this badge is quite something, considering it was so long ago that I worked on the farms.
“Today I look back at the mornings when I walked in the blackout up to Lindley Moor. I was never frightened unless I saw a mouse or a cat in the darkness.
“I wonder sometimes if the young would do it today?
“They were frightening times but yet we were happy.”
Eleanor worked on a farm at Haigh House Hill, Lindley Moor.
She later went to work for Johnny and Mary Dyson and their children, David and Ann, at the nearby Weatherhill Road farm.
In 1943 she wed Arthur Castle and had three children, Angela, Gillian and Roger.
Eleanor added: “Mr and Mrs Dyson have died now, but she was one of my special friends and like a mother to me.
“She never forgot that we stayed and helped her when we were needed.”
Eleanor only gave up working on the farm when she became pregnant.
But she always kept in touch with the Dyson family.
Her war work has now been acknowledged by the Government.
She received a letter from the Prime Minister Gordon Brown which said: “The Government wishes to express to you its profound gratitude for your unsparing efforts as a loyal and devoted member of the Women’s Land Army at a time when our country depended upon you for its survival.”
The grandmother-of-five and great-grandmother of seven said she was proud to receive the badge.