Nostalgia: Land girls reunion

Land Girls who reunited at The Folly pub in Napton 20 years ago.
Land Girls who reunited at The Folly pub in Napton 20 years ago.

Here are a group of Land Girls who reunited at The Folly pub in Napton 20 years ago.

At the time they were marking 50 years since the end of the Second World War, which saw thousands of women take jobs working on farms up and down the country to make a valuable contribution to the war effort.

Past headlines

April 7, 2005

It was revealed that the cost of bringing a canal arm into Daventry town centre would cost an estimated £10 million. A study supported by DDC looked into the proposed scheme, which would see a new stretch of canal built from the Grand Union, along the southern edge of Daventry Country Park, and on to a waterside area along Eastern Way. The consultants’ report concluded the canal would be ‘hugely beneficial’ to the town, drawing private investment into the area, but that it would likely cost up to £10 million. DDC said the money would come from itself, private developers and grants.

April 12, 1990

Four teenagers had a narrow escape after the car they were in plunged down a steep 15ft embankment and landed on its roof on the main rail line at Weedon. Their car was blocking two lines, and an Inter-City Express train was just minutes from speeding through the section. Luckily the four managed to climb out of the vehicle and the alarm was raised by nearby residents. The accident happened at 11pm on a Saturday night, so there were relatively few trains affected – only six trains had to be diverted along the line through Northampton. The four in the car suffered minor injuries and shock.

April 11, 1975

Finishing touches were being done on the new pedestrian overbridge on the edge of Daventry’s Grange estate. The concrete structure was described as looking like ‘a bit of spaghetti junction’ and came with an estimated price of £26,000. In a time of mid-1970s austerity in public spending, many people were questioning the need for the new curly concrete bridge. The issue raised was that the new bridge passed over a road that had yet to be built – the proposed new A45 bypass for the town – and the footpath would only carry people walking between Daventry and Staverton.