Photos Recall ‘Millennium Falcon’ Secret

04 Mar

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 archive, thanks to John Clark of Pembroke who 36 years ago was foreman for the firm that built the spaceship. He took the colour photos on his pocket sized 110 camera.

‘Millennium Falcon’ was built in great secrecy before being taken to Pinewood Studios for fitting out and ultimately into film immortality in the Star Wars epic ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, piloted by Hans Solo.

John was one of three of the Millennium Falcon construction crew interviewed for a BBC Wales Today feature which was broadcast last week. He was joined by Roy Sillence and Geoff Waterman, both of Pembroke Dock.

Thanks to the Port of Pembroke they and BBC reporter Carwyn Jones were able to visit the former Sunderland flying boat hangar where the spaceship was constructed.

Some of the work team feature in the newly archived photographs. Names John Clark remembers include Billy Butland, Ray Harries, Micky Marchant and Mike Carolan.

John Clark (left) and Geoff Waterman down memory lane by the hangar where the ‘Millennium Falcon’ was constructed PICTURE: Martin Cavaney

John Clark (left) and Geoff Waterman down memory lane by the hangar where the ‘Millennium Falcon’ was constructed
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney

 

BBC Wales reporter Carwyn Jones shows Roy Sillence a model of the ‘Millennium Falcon’. PICTURE: Martin Cavaney

BBC Wales reporter Carwyn Jones shows Roy Sillence a model of the ‘Millennium Falcon’.
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney