Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Cregneash in the Isle of Man revisits World War II

Land girls in the Isle of Man
Image caption Land Girls worked on Manx farms to help boost food production during World War II

People will get the chance to experience what life was like at Cregneash in the Isle of Man during World War II this weekend.

Visitors to the open air folk museum can watch the Women's Land Army at work and take part in 1940s activities.

During the war, more than 200 women worked on the island's farms in place of the men away at war.

A spokeswoman said the event will try to capture the "overwhelming sense of community and solidarity".

Cregneash manager Helen Ashcroft said: "Visitors can expect to see firsthand the lifestyle changes that occurred in rural communities with the onset of war.

"Working together, maintaining a healthy diet and making best use of every resource was high on the agenda.

"Our event hopes to recapture that overwhelming sense of community and solidarity which shone through even the darkest of days."

There will also be guided tours around the remains of the World War II radar station on Meayll Hill.

Over the weekend visitors will be able to take part in workshops including cookery, sewing and hairdressing and watch re-enactments.

Thousands of men and women were interned on the Isle of Man during World War II.

Most were Jewish refugees who found themselves arrested by the British as enemy aliens in May 1940 after the fall of France.

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