Wartime Bridgend 2018
25/06/2018 - Watts & Morgan
Wartime Bridgend - WWI & WWII Re-Enactment Day
Report by Brent Davies, photos courtesy of #WartimeBridgend
On Saturday 16th June Bridgend Town Centre was transported back in time once again for the hugely successful free Wartime Bridgend event. Despite the slightly damp weather, Bridgend Town Centre welcomed thousands of visitors to the town, growing on the success of last year’s Wartime event.
There was plenty for the whole family to see and do; this year’s event featured a full size replica of a WWI Bristol Scout Bi-Plane, live entertainment featuring Ricky Hunter, Amanda Beaumont, female acapella group ’Heavenly’ and a George Formby act. For younger members of the family there was a vintage Punch and Judy show, fairground attractions, mini vintage makeovers, wartime crafts and period games.
Once again Sir Winston Churchill and Field Marshal Montgomery toured the town giving speeches and speaking to the public.
Fabulous vintage vehicles of the time were on display with enthusiasts showing off their prized modes of transport – together with a multitude of realistic demonstrations from experts showing how life had to be lived in that era.
Stalls included, WWII Codes and Code Breaking, 1940s Home Guard, Welsh WWII Infantry, Island Farm Hut 9 Preservation Group, Glamorgan Archives, Barry at War and Porthcawl Museum with their array of suffragettes. Bang on Brewery brewed wartime beers and Bridgend allotmenteers showed how the “Dig for Victory” Campaign was put into reality. Various local military organisations added their expertise and support to the event whilst Bridgend Lions ran a wartime book stall and once again stewarded the event along with Bridgend Town Council staff.
Local historian John Dunkley-Williams ran informative wartime walks. There was an Exhibition Centre at Carnegie House with exhibits from local historian Natalie Murphy, Past Lives Museum owner, curator, and archivist Cheryl Hart and collector and wartime enthusiast Michael Ridley.
The Town was full of activity and alongside the Wartime event, a CF31 Bid Street Market was held in Caroline Street, a Craft Fayre was held in the Indoor Market, there were children’s activities in the Rhiw Shopping Centre and St Johns House on Newcastle Hill was open day contributing to a wonderful overall Town Centre experience.
A remembrance service was held at the Bridgend War Memorial, conducted by Rev. Rachel Wheeler.
The Wartime event was organised by Bridgend Town Council, with support from the traders, CF31 BID, BCBC and sponsorship from Watts and Morgan and Best Western Heronston Hotel.
Thank you to all that participated and contributed to this fantastic successful Town Centre event and all that came and enjoyed the day!