Pembrey Country Park goes back in time


Pembrey Country Park will step back in time over the spring bank holiday.
Visitors to the park will be given an insight into what it was like living during the First World War in a two-day event.
Infantry, cavalry, medical services, munitionettes and civilians from that era will interact with each other with period police officers doing the rounds.
A WWI field hospital, complete with medical equipment, will be set up within the park, near the visitor centre, from 10am to 5pm.
Representatives from The Welsh Great War Society, Northamptonshire Regiment and the Norfolk Regiment will also make an appearance along with a group portraying the French/Belgian resistance.
A treasure hunt, organised by Dyfed Archaeological Trust, will lead people through the tunnels and munitions factory base.
Entry to the event on Sunday and Monday, April 30 and May 1 is free. Usual car parking charges apply.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s head of leisure, Ian Jones said: “Pembrey Country Park wasn’t always the magnificent parkland you see today, it was the site of a Royal Ordnance Factory. Its rich history during WWI and WWII makes it an ideal location for this kind of event.”
During the First World War Pembrey Munitions Factory employed over 1,000 people from the local area, Swansea and Carmarthen, many of whom were women.
After closing during the 1920s the site went on to be redeveloped as a Royal Ordnance Factory during the Second World War.

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