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trench systemA TRENCH system to educate children through experiencing what it is like to step into the frontline of the First World War has opened in Pendine.

It has been built in a relatively small area but the ‘Back to the Front Experience’ trenches are designed to have maximum impact, to show children what the brave soldiers went through nearly 100 years ago.

The team at Morfa Bay Adventure wants to give children, who will never meet a veteran from the Great War, an idea of the sacrifices of so many brave men on the front line.

The site was officially opened last Friday (November 15) by 93-year-old Second World War veteran Morris Baker who is part of the Pendine branch of the Royal British Legion.

Owner Andy Edwards said: “I’m really pleased with the trenches. We want to give children an experience, something to hit home what the people who fought and died in the First World War went through.

“I was proud to have the Royal British Legion there and pleased that Morris, a war veteran himself, officially opened the trenches.”

The trenches, built with the help of a £13,000 tourism grant, include latrines, wash facilities, funk holes (where soldiers rested in trench walls), an officer’s dug out, fire steps and a sapper trench leading to a forward observation area in no man’s land.

There is also the entrance to a tunnel which is being dug out to help illustrate another element of frontline life.

Scattered through them is memorabilia from the time and replica grenades, guns and artillery.

Builder Matthew Hughes, who also worked on Laugharne’s Tin Shed Museum, said they had tried to make the trenches as authentic as possible.

“There is a sound system built in with speakers behind the trench shorings so when they are on the walls are rumbling, adding to the atmosphere of the trenches.”

Charles Griffiths, a First World War historian who helped advise the project — and built the replica grenades and trench rats among other props — said he hoped the trenches would help to teach young people from across Wales.

“Educating young people about the First World War is extremely important,” he said.

“These trenches are a great way of doing that. They are not exact but they are good to illustrate what life was like.”

As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, Andy and his team at Morfa Bay Adventure hope to welcome children from across the country to help them experience a little bit of life on the front.

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A 56-YEAR-OLD man has died following an incident on Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, on Wednesday night (Jul 15).

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “A 56-year-old man has died following an incident at Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, last night.

“He was taken to hospital with severe injuries, but sadly passed away.

“His family has been informed and is being supported by local officers.

“An investigation is ongoing but the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious.

“HM coroner has been informed.”

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Two arrested for shouting racist comments at BLM protest

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TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of shouting racist comments at Black Lives Matter protestors, at the latest event in Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (Jul 15).
Commenting on the incident, Superintendent of Pembrokeshire division, Ross Evans said: “On Wednesday evening (July 15) a peaceful protest took place on Picton Fields, Haverfordwest, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The demonstration, which was attended by around 70 people, was overseen by local officers as part of appropriate plans in place to allow for peaceful protest.

“Sadly, officers present observed a man and a boy shouting a number of racist comments towards those attending the demonstration, and promptly arrested both, one aged 19 and the other 14, on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

“The comments understandably caused a great deal of upset and distress to those from the demonstration who heard them.

“The two men arrested have been taken to Haverfordwest custody, where they remain currently. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has any information is asked to contact police by emailing us at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908.”

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Local bus firms in protest drive over uncertainty

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HONK for hope is being backed by the coach operators surrounding the South West Wales area.

They took to the roads around Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and Cardigan in peaceful protest to support the call for help by coach operators during the corona virus pandemic.

Honk for hope is a national campaign to draw the public’s attention to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry. It seeks to draw Governments attention to the dangerous position the coach and travel industry has fallen under, asking for them to take action.

Local coach companies, including Midway Motors, took to the roads to show their support to the campaign and to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on the industry and to ask for more support from the Government.

The coaches and supporters met at the Carmarthen Park and Ride on July 14 at 11am to begin the drive. On the trip they visited Carmarthen at around 11.15am then headed to Haverfordwest for noon, finally reaching cardigan at 1.30pm.

Midway Motors spoke on their social media page: ‘Amazing to see so many local companies turning up to travel around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Nice to see so many people along the roadsides as well. Let’s hope for some good news from the Government in Westminster tomorrow.”

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