Anderby land girl’s tale brought to life on screen

Actress Ellen Victor in period costume in Little Steeping earlier this week. Photo by John Crossland.
Actress Ellen Victor in period costume in Little Steeping earlier this week. Photo by John Crossland.
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CAMERA crews are set to pop up all over the local area in the coming days after work got underway on a new short film about the life of an Anderby Creek land girl.

Wartime Lincolnshire and the experiences of ‘Ada’, who worked a Lincolnshire coastal farm during World War Two.

“The 10 minute film entitled ‘By the Winter Sea’, is being made on behalf of the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park project by Red Dog Film,” said a spokesperson for Lincolnshire County Council.

“It shows how London city girl Ada found the rural life and hard physical work a shock initially, but she gradually overcame her inexperience and grew to love her life as a land girl.

“The film is based on actual events – director Phil Stevens discovered the story in a book called ‘Lincolnshire Women at War’.

“The book is a compilation of letters from women who came from all over the country to work in Lincolnshire during WWII,” they added.

‘By the Winter Sea’ is being shot at several locations throughout Lincolnshire. Cast and crew were out at Little Steeping yesterday (Tuesday), and are expected to make appearances at Church Farm Village in Skegness, Huttoft, Ludborough Station in the Wolds and on the beach between Anderby Creek and Sandilands over coming days.

They have also been some filming in Lincoln.

The finished film will be shown in schools and on the internet.

During WWII, much of the land on the coast was grazing marsh, with dairy and cattle farms similar to the one Ada worked on.

The Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park project aims to promote the area’s heritage and where possible, restore wetland habitats for wildlife.

County Councillor Eddy Poll said: “This short film is a novel way to bring to life a slice of the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park’s history. It will show what it was like to live and work on a Lincolnshire coastal farm during the Second World War in a way that people can easily access and understand.”