Author’s fundraiser for Land Army girls


An author from Pevensey Bay is organising a fundraiser in aid of Land Army girls.

John Thrower has been meeting with a local group who have been telling him about their experiences in World War Two for a book he is writing.

The 66-year-old, who has already penned the book ‘The Story of a Land Army Girl’ after speaking to late Pevensey Bay resident Laura Hewson, is organising a fundraiser for Saturday July 20.

It will take place at the Castle Inn in Pevensey and there will be musical entertainment and a tombola on the day. There will be also appearances from emergency services and their vehicles, including two dog units, a helicopter hovering above to give running commentatory and a fire engine that was used in the Blitz - which is the only one of its kind in existence.

Money from the event will go to a national pot for Land Army girls and the aim is for the cash to be used for them to go to reunions and enjoy trips out.

Mr Thrower said, “This is all about the girls, I’ve fallen in love with these ladies, they really are special.

“It’s going to be a fun day and kids will love it. There will be music and some surprises on the day.”

Visitors to the event will also have the chance to meet with local Land Army girls.

Mr Thrower added, “I’m on a mission, it’s not just for Eastbourne girls but throughout the country, they are surviving on basic pensions and haven’t got a fund to fall back on.”

There will be musical entertainment on the day but any brass bands or groups that can plays 60s or 70s music for free at the fundraising event should contact Mr Thrower on 768597.

The stories of Laura Hewson and that of the local Land Army girls the author has been speaking to are set to feature in a TV series later this year.