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Lampeter friends launch stamp tribute to war workers

Peggy Davies and Aeron Davies from Felinfach, Lampeter
'Land Girl' Peggy and Home Guard Aeron first met during the war and have remained friends ever since

The war efforts of the so-called Dad's Army and Land Girls are being commemorated with a new set of stamps.

Royal Mail's Britain Alone stamps are being issued on Thursday.

The issue is being launched by former Women's Land Army member Peggy Davies, 80, and ex-Home Guard member Aeron Davies, 86, of Lampeter, Ceredigion.

Huw Roberts, of the Royal Mail Group said the stamps paid tribute to the "huge contribution" of people such as Peggy and Aeron.

Octogenarians Peggy and Aeron first met during the war and have remained friends ever since.

Peggy worked on a local farm in Felinfach, Lampeter, during the war years and Aeron, 86, a member of the local Home Guard, worked on another nearby.

I joined the Home Guard because I wanted to help with the cause and you did feel a bit guilty not being with the rest of the boys overseas
Aeron Davies, ex-Home Guard member

"The local people were very kind to us and they would do anything to help us," said Peggy who married a boy she met while working on the land.

"In the morning, we used to get up about 6.30am to do the milking and then after breakfast we would feed the pigs and chickens.

"We had dungarees for working in and we were all given a bicycle to ride to work and back. "

Aeron, married with two children, 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, also still lives in Felinfach, where he was born and bred.

'Important job'

"My father hired me out to his friend's farm because I was too young to go to war at the time," he explained. "I earned £1 a month.

"As soon as I could, I joined the Home Guard because I wanted to help with the cause and you did feel a bit guilty not being with the rest of the boys overseas and fighting the real war.

"We were taught to map read and we knew every well and every landmark in our area by the end of the training so we did feel we had an important job to do."

Groups like the Home Guard, the 80,000 strong Women's Land Army, Air Raid Wardens and the Fire Service were integral to ensuring the country's survival as it faced its enemy alone, said the Royal Mail Group.

We used to get up about 6.30am to do the milking and then after breakfast we would feed the pigs and chickens
Peggy Davies, former 'Land Girl'

The issue also recognises the contribution of the Royal Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret, and wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill, who features on one of the 1st Class stamps in the issue.

Royal Mail is also issuing a sheet of four stamps to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

Huw Roberts, Director of Welsh Affairs, Royal Mail Group, said: "These stamps pay tribute to the efforts of the people who stayed at home but carried on working and protecting their country during the war, like Peggy and Aeron.

"I hope that this collection of stamps will serve as poignant reminders of how much the country was affected by the Second World War and remind later generations of the huge contribution the public at large made to the war effort."



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