"Between the wars many women from Wilshamstead worked in Cardington hangers on the airships. The task they were doing was called doping which involved covering the linen with a chemical that produced the silver colouring on the airships. A number of people recalled how this particular fabric made wonderful curtains for the home. However, when an audit enquiry was held an inspector went out to make house to house calls. The appearance of the village changed overnight as all the houses removed their curtains for fear of being caught. Supposedly, department store Braggins in Bedford sold out of curtains that weekend!