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Amy Foster

Amy, who became known as ‘Highland Lassie,’ began collecting money for the war effort with her mother in October 1914.

Later, dressed in Black Watch Highland Dress, she collected money in St James Street every Saturday. The money provided “comfort” parcels of cigarettes, biscuits and chocolate for Burnley men serving overseas.

During the war, over 4,000 parcels were sent to local men.

In 1917, she began collecting for St. Dunstan’s for blind servicemen and women in what became a long association. In later life she owned Amy’s Floral Corner in Burnley Market Hall.

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