Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, today attended a special meeting with Prime Minister, Theresa May, alongside members of a group of munitions workers dubbed the ‘Canary Girls’.
There was a major Royal Ordnance Filling Factory in Rotherwas in Herefordshire which, at its peak, employed over 4000 Herefordshire women.
Mr Wiggin had previously asked the Prime Minister during Prime Ministers Questions if she would meet with these women to formally recognise their service.
Today’s meeting marked the end of Mr Wiggin’s campaign to officially recognise the war efforts of these people, who until 2012 were not invited to march at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
Speaking after the meeting Bill Wiggin MP commented:
“I was thrilled that some of these incredibly brave women were able to come and meet with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street today.
I had previously discussed this with the Prime Minister and campaigned in Parliament for these brave men and women to receive formal recognition of their efforts. I am very grateful to the Prime Minister for taking time out of her busy schedule to meet some of these canary girls to recognise their service.
Tragically, those in attendance represent only a fraction of the huge number who served our country so valiantly. They did an exceptionally dangerous job, both filling the bombs and from the threat of Luftwaffe bombing raids.
Their work was absolutely vital to the war effort, and I was so pleased to be present at the meeting where they received this thoroughly deserved recognition for their remarkable service.”