Farm girls swap wellies for chic!

Angela and Marilyn Dawson

Angela and Marilyn Dawson

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A FARMING mother-and-daughter team from Bestwood Village ditched their wellies for high-street fashion — thanks to a makeover, courtesy of a shopping centre.

The Westfield venue in Derby wanted to celebrate the work of East Midlands farmers, and particularly women, by helping a selection spruce up their wardrobes.

Two of the lucky farmers chosen were Angela Dawson (24) and her mum, Marilyn Dawson (52), of Forge Farm, off Moor Road.

The duo were whisked away to the shopping complex along with another Nottinghamshire farmer, Eleanor Wallbank, of Babbington House Farm, Babbington.

Each was handed a £150 gift card and allowed to shop until they dropped!

Angela spent some of her cash on a fetching dress from Apricot and shoes from New Look, while Marilyn bought a blouse from Topshop and combined it with trousers from Debenhams.

Angela and Marilyn were delighted to have been chosen and had a terrific time picking out their new clothes.

Angela said: “Mum and I are really grateful to Westfield Derby for giving us a chance to indulge in a spot of retail therapy.”

Both Marilyn, who is married to Stephen, and Angela work on the family beef and dairy farm, which has been running for more than 35 years.

Early mornings and long hours are par for the course, and they rarely have the chance to pamper themselves.

Janine Bone, centre manager at Westfield Derby said: “Farmers and the farming industry are the backbone of our country.

“We wanted to give something back, and these women definitely deserved this treat — we were delighted to spoil them for the day.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Angela and Marilyn on the farm.