Our March speaker was author and historian, Barbara Dickson, who related the fascinating, but little-known story, of the World War II munitions plant located in Scarborough.
There were 21,000 employees of whom 17,000 were women. The Bomb Girls’ job was to fill fuses with ammunition; they completed 258 million and were so careful that there was not one explosion at the plant. Before starting their shift the women had to undergo extensive safety precautions such as wearing only cotton items and removing anything made of metal.
After the war, most evidence of the plant’s existence was obliterated; the underground tunnels still remain.
If you’d like to find out more, read Barbara’s book, “Bomb Girls-Trading Aprons for Ammo.”