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"Proof of the Pudding"!

west dodford 001

Here's a cutting out of the local paper from 2002 of local fruit picking over 100 years ago! When I was modelling the 7mm version of my outfit (early 1980's) I just picked a area... (Dodford) off the route of a cycle ride I enjoy as the name of my line plus the fact that the area matched my initals...W.D.R.....West Dodford Railway....Get it?! I... (to my suprise) found a item in the local paper in the 'Down Memory Lane' section in July 1993 concerning July 3, 1943 when the strawberry season was in full swing and the comments on...... "the huge acreage planted in Dodford, and the vast quantities of fruit picked" in the PAST.... and how things had declined! It also stated that labour was in short supply dispite wages of a shilling (5p.) a hour on offer..... (I suppose with a war on labour was bound to in short supply!) I was most suprised to find the above picture, (in July 2002) as it seemed to be too good to be true that the area choosen for my outfit was in fact a FORMER big fruit growing area!