‘Millennium Falcon’ Memories Sought

28 Jan

Do you remember Pembroke Dock’s ‘Millennium Falcon’ – if so the town’s Heritage Centre team is keen to hear from you!

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

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

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 Empire Strikes Back’.

Pupils at Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn Special School annually create a special edition magazine in aid of local charities.

James Williams of Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn explained: “Our sixth form group has already started on another magazine which will be themed around ‘Star Wars’ and we would love to hear from anyone who worked on the creation of the ‘Millennium Falcon’ at Pembroke Dock or remembers it there.”

The original ‘Millennium Falcon’ was built in great secrecy in a former Sunderland flying boat hangar at Pembroke Dock before being revealed in 1979. A new ‘Millennium Falcon’ is currently being constructed in Berkshire.

The Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre’s archive has two photographs of the ‘Millennium Falcon’ in the hangar and others are known to still exist locally.

Anyone who can help the school project, and add to Pembroke Dock’s history, should initially contact the Heritage Centre on 01646 684220 or e-mail alex.davies@sunderlandtrust.com