On Saturday 16th June Bridgend Town Centre will be transformed as we step back in time to mark the Centenary of WWI and Bridgend’s involvement in WWII.
Wartime Bridgend was hugely successful last year with over 3000 people visiting Bridgend Town Centre. This year to mark the Centenary of WWI there’ll be an interesting mix of both WWI and WWII interactive stalls, demonstrations, re-enactments, exhibitions and entertainment for all ages, and best of all it’s free.
The main highlights of the day will be a full size replica WWI Bristol Scout Bi Plane, vintage wartime vehicles and realistic demonstrations from experts showing how life had to be lived in that era.
This year will also feature – WWII Codes and Code Breaking, 1940’s Home Guard, Welsh WWII Infantry, WWI Airship Crew, a traditional Punch and Judy puppet show, WWII toy soldier painting, poppy and medal making children’s craft, School life and period games and much more!
Live entertainment will take place throughout the day creating a vibrant wartime ambiance with live music. A George Formby lookalike will mingle and serenade the crowds, with Winston and Monty making a special appearance for the day.
Bridgend allotmenteers will show how the Dig for Victory Campaign was put into reality; various local military organisations will add their expertise to the event.
A full exhibition centre is available at Carnegie House in Wyndham Street to entertain and inform the public. Displays by Michael Ridley, Cheryl Hart and Natalie Murphy, featuring photographs and postcards from the era and an extensive military display complete with a fully constructed Anderson Shelter.
There will also be wartime walks by local historian John Dunkley-Williams.
“This will be a day to remember for all South Wales residents”, commented Cllr.Unwin.
Bridgend played an important role in WW2 and on the 16th June we can all mark this at Wartime Bridgend which promises to be a unique experience in historical terms for the Bridgend area and will be great day out for all the family.
Further details can be found on www.facebook.com/wartimebridgend and #WartimeBridgend.