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Give them a badge; LETTERS.

SIR - I was pleased to read in your report, "Ordnance factory workers honoured by Prime Minister" (Oct 26), of the unveiling the day before of the plaque at Dunraven Square, Bridgend, to mark the wartime efforts and sacrifices of the, mainly female, workforce at the nearby Royal Ordnance Factory at Waterton.

My mother, still alive, has many memories - some tragic, others very happy - of her own service there between 1940 and 1943.

I was to have been among the invitees but a long bout of ill health kept me home.

I hope that Gordon Brown's good words are marked by good deeds, for when I wrote shortly after he become Premier, his Cabinet Office misdirected my request, that munitions workers be added to the growing list of those entitled to wear badges commemorating their vital wartime services, to the Ministry of Defence!

The last I heard from Whitehall was the Coal Liabilities Unit of BERR is now the "responsible" body...

Meanwhile, added to Armed Forces veterans, the following have now been granted badges: Air Transport Auxiliary, the Bevin Boys, Women's Land Army, Women's Timber Corps and now, as I read in a recent edition of your newspaper, the workers of the Government Cypher School at Bletchley Park. All very deserving bodies, no doubt...

The Government's last pathetic excuse for not granting ROF workers due recognition was that there were also munitions workers in private industry!

Good, give them a badge too. And, did not the Bevin Boys and Land Girls also work for private enterprise, perhaps subsidising their employers bank accounts along with their crucial war work? GARETH D EVANS Herbert Street, Treorchy
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Title Annotation:Editorial
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 7, 2009
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