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Airfield Return for Pilot’s Family and Friends

23 Sep
Flashback to 1943 - Gordon Singleton’s Sunderland after landing on Angle Airfield.
PICTURE: Sunderland Trust Archive.

The ashes of a Sunderland pilot have been scattered on the airfield where he made wartime aviation history. The wife and grandson of Gordon Singleton were joined by friends at Angle Airfield where in May 1943 he landed the four engined flying boat on grass after an epic rescue in the Atlantic. Gordon, then serving […]

Gareth recalls GIs’ ‘Friendly Invasion’

23 Jun
Gareth Mills with copies of ‘The Friendly Invasion’, pictured at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography.

Research by Sunderland Trust Volunteer Gareth Mills for the recent D-Day 70th Anniversary events in Pembroke Dock has led to a fascinating addition to the written record of wartime Pembrokeshire. Such was the excellent response to appeals for recollections and information on the American forces which ‘invaded’ the county before D-Day in June 1944 that […]

‘Home run’ for iconic Alvis

16 Jun
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

A gathering of iconic cars – made by the Alvis Company – will take place at Pembroke Dock’s Royal Dockyard Chapel on Sunday. Over 20 cars are expected as the Alvis Owners’ Club visits the new Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, which will be open in the afternoon especially for the visit. Alvis has a very […]

John Evans Awarded B.E.M.

16 Jun
John Evans, Queen, Timeline

The Project Manager of the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust, John Evans, was awarded the British Empire Medal (B.E.M.) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘The Preservation of Pembroke Dock and its Military Past’. John’s first connection with Pembroke Dock was as a reporter with the Western Telegraph in 1970 and he made the town […]

D-Day Events are Big Attraction at Town’s New Heritage Centre

13 Jun
Mrs Kath Roach of Freystrop with her immaculate David Brown tractor which saw wartime service at Royal Naval Air Station Dale.

With national and international focus upon the beaches of Normandy on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Pembrokeshire’s key contributions to the Invasion of Occupied Europe on 6th June 1944 were particularly remembered in special events at Pembroke Dock. The recently opened Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre in the Royal Dockyard Chapel staged two days of D-Day […]

Tick of approval for Education Resource

12 Jun
Teachers from Pembroke and Pembroke Dock schools pictured with Sunderland Trust Education Team members at the launch of the Education Resource Pack at the Royal Dockyard Chapel. Left to right: Dave Perry, Ysgol Gelli Aur; Clare Perry, Deputy Head, Ysgol Gelli Aur; Sue Clarkson; Alan Davies, Monkton Priory School; Gareth Mills; Phil Okwedy, Pembroke Dock Community School; Jane Jones, Head of History, Pembroke School, and Chris Howell.

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

Teachers have given a big tick of approval to the Education Resource Pack launched by Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust at its newly opened Heritage Centre. Created by teachers who are members of the Trust’s Volunteer Team, the 72 page pack is aimed particularly at primary pupils but offers unique opportunities for secondary schools too. It […]

Arts Club Pupils Create Town Tapestry

12 Jun

A bright and colourful tapestry made by schoolchildren to celebrate Pembroke Dock’s Bicentenary is to go on display at the town’s new Heritage Centre. The tapestry was designed and the pictures drawn by members of Pennar Community School’s after school arts club, helped by members of staff Dawn Russell, Helen Allen and Sharon Thomas. It […]

Classic Sunderland Flying Boat

26 Feb

The Mark 1 Sunderland T9044 lays on the seabed off Pembroke Dock following a violent storm in 1940. The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust aims to bring the stricken aircraft to the surface before 2015 – the 75th Anniversary of that terrible event. More than a year before the first prototype was built, the RAF ordered […]

Flying Boat Centre Workshop

26 Feb

Opened in June 2009 the Flying Boat Workshop has proved to be a successful visitor attraction in its own right. Since that time more then 26,000 visitors have entered the converted and renovated Dockyard and engine shed. The workshop is entirely maintained and manned by volunteers with the Trust overseeing the administration on their behalf. […]