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IPSWICH'S MP Chris Mole hosted a reception in the Council Chamber of the Ipswich Corn Exchange to honour the women of Ipswich who served in the Women's Land Army (WLA) during the Second World War.

IPSWICH'S MP Chris Mole hosted a reception in the Council Chamber of the Ipswich Corn Exchange to honour the women of Ipswich who served in the Women's Land Army (WLA) during the Second World War.

The WLA worked valiantly during the war and in its aftermath until 1950, felling trees, ploughing fields and harvesting crops to stave off national food shortages and help maintain the morale of the nation.

Mr Mole said: “It is great to see these women, who made such an important contribution to maintaining morale both on the home front during the war, and during post-war reconstruction, receiving the recognition they truly deserve. I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the people of Ipswich, to say thank you to them.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced the creation of a badge of commemoration for those of served in the WLA, in December 2007. Since then, over 29,000 applications have been received nationally.

The badge has been specially designed by the Garter King at Arms and bears the Royal Crest. It shows a gold wheat sheaf on a white background surrounded by a circle of pine branches and pine cones to indicate the work of the WLA.

Mr Mole said: “I am keen to see all those who served our country in this way receive their badge of commemoration, and therefore if any former WLA members have not yet applied for a badge I would urge them to get in touch with my office so that I can assist them with their application.”

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Applications are still being accepted for badges and those interested can contact Chris Mole to receive assistance with their application by writing to Chris Mole MP, 33 Silent Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1TF, or by calling 01473 281559.