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Photos Recall ‘Millennium Falcon’ Secret

04 Mar
Behind the hangar doors…..two of the ’Millennium Falcon’ photographs taken by John Clark in 1979

More remarkable photographic evidence of Pembroke Dock’s secret role in creating the Star Wars spaceship ‘Millennium Falcon’ has come to light, following an appeal made by the town’s Heritage Centre. Photos taken in 1979 as the ‘Millennium Falcon’ was nearing completion in a giant aircraft hangar have been added to the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre’s […]

‘Millennium Falcon’ Memories Sought

28 Jan
One of the two ‘Millennium Falcon’ photographs in the Pembroke Dock Archive - this one was taken by photographer Martin Cavaney in 1979.

Do you remember Pembroke Dock’s ‘Millennium Falcon’ – if so the town’s Heritage Centre team is keen to hear from you! The Centre, in the Royal Dockyard Chapel, has linked up with a Swansea school where pupils are doing a special project on the iconic super spaceship which flew in the ‘Star Wars’ epic ‘The […]

Family First for Trust Fellowship

20 Jan
Brian Wiggins had another flying boat experience in January to celebrate his 84th birthday. He visited Solent Sky museum at Southampton and saw at close hand their star exhibit, Sandringham flying boat ‘Beachcomber’ which began life as a wartime Sunderland.

The first ‘Fellowship Family’ has been signed up by the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust as it launches an exciting new fundraising phase designed to see a major flying boat display at the town’s Heritage Centre. The Wiggins Family of Pembroke Dock and Abingdon – long supporters of the Trust’s initiatives – joined up during the […]

Electronic Landing for Wartime Tales

09 Jan
Mrs Pat Singleton pictured at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre with, left to right: David Pring of Sinewave and Sunderland Trust Volunteers Margaret Black and Rik Saldanha. Pat is holding her husband’s logbook which, along with other items, are now part of the Sunderland Trust Archive.

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography.

Remarkable tales of an Australian pilot who made aviation history in wartime Pembrokeshire is now available again – this time as an ‘e-book’. ‘Singleton’s War’, written by Gordon Singleton who flew Sunderland flying boats from Pembroke Dock, was first published in traditional book form in 1998. It was in great demand and once out of […]

‘Railway Journeys’ on the Pembroke Dock Line

08 Jan
Michael Portillo, with his Bradshaw’s Guide, and Ted Goddard of the Sunderland Trust are pictured by the model of the Royal Yacht ‘Victoria and Albert III’ at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. Ted is holding a box, made of wood from the Royal Yacht, which has been loaned to the Centre by Pembroke Town Council.

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography.

One hundred and fifty years after the railway first reached Pembroke Dock the town and its remarkable maritime heritage will star in the BBC’s iconic series ‘Great British Railway Journeys’. Presenter Michael Portillo – together with his famous Bradshaw’s Guide – and a film crew visited the town last August and learned of the remarkable […]

Family Footsteps Lead From Australia

07 Jan
Beau, Samantha and Anne Flaherty are pictured at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre with founder Volunteer Margaret Black who maintains strong connections with Australian families who have flying boat links.

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography.

Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust’s appeal for volunteer supporters has reached as far as Australia! Three members of a New South Wales family have made a return visit especially to follow the trail of parents and grandparents who lived in the town in wartime. Anne Flaherty and her son, Beau, and daughter, Samantha – both studying […]

Friends’ Reunion Recalls Wartime Air Raid

11 Dec
The photograph of LAC Stanley Leonard Buxton which is now part of the Sunderland Trust Archive.

Friends who worked together at Heathrow Airport had a nostalgic reunion at Pembroke Dock’s Heritage Centre recently, but their meeting also recalled a tragic chapter in the town’s wartime story. Mike and Angie Flude, of Hayscastle Cross, linked up with John Buxton and Geoff Greene, former colleagues at the airport. It was a very poignant […]