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Land Girls 'Dig for Victory'

The Land Girls will be on hand throughout the European Heritage Open Days event

Land Girls in wartime costumes complete with period hair styles will be taking part in the 'Dig for Victory' event in the war memorial gallery on the European Heritage Open Days. The gallery is at 21 Talbot Street, beside Belfast Cathedral.

Commenting on the reappearance of Land Girls after 70 years, the Curator, Ciaran Elizabeth Doran, said: "During the Second World War the government ran a promotional campaign to encourage healthy crop growing and eating, using the cartoon characters Potato Pete and Dr Carrot." The Land Girls will be on hand to talk about this campaign and growing vegetables all year round.

On Saturday 14 September, visitors will be able to see small farm animals from Phil's Farm from 11am to 3pm. The animals will include chicks, chickens, micro pigs, bunnies, miniature goats and a Shetland pony complete with his own saddle. This display will allow families to see animals in the same way as young evacuees did on the farm during the wartime period of rationing and shortages.

Throughout the two days, footage will be shown from Ministry of Food films from the 1940s about farming practices. The Land Girls will be on hand to talk about community spirit on the Home Front including the collection of scrap foods in pig bins supplied to farms. The land Girls will also offer cookery tips and demonstrations devised to beat the shortage of ingredients.

On both days children will be able to dig for carrots and potatoes as well as enjoying craft activities and badge making.

This event is aimed at families who would like to learn about the role of Land Girls on farms during the Second World War and how they contributed to the Home Front.

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