Tuning into a wartime Christmas

02 Dec

Wartime Xmas 1 (3)Ghosts from Christmases past are stirring as the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust turns the clock back 70 years to December 1944.

With blinds drawn and windows taped up the Trust is preparing for a wartime Christmas at its visitor centre in the Fleet Surgeon’s House in Pembroke Dock’s Royal Dockyard.

In the run up to the festive season there are special displays using many items from the Trust’s extensive archive – plus a cat on the mat!

The setting is the front parlour of a family home – with uniforms and tin hats nearby as reminders of wartime service. The table is laid for simple Christmas fayre and it’s ‘make do and mend time’ with a child’s dress made from parachute silk as a treasured item.

Sunderland Trust Volunteers have set the scene taking tea at the table as they tune into war news on the wireless.

Christmas 1944 links to a special Wartime Storytelling Day on Saturday 14th December. There will be two sessions at the Trust’s Fleet Surgeon’s House visitor centre, both aimed at primary school age groups. Places are limited and bookings are being taken now on 01646 684220. This is a free event and mums and dads are invited too.


Sunderland Trust Volunteer Ryan Hill tunes in to Christmas 1944 as Rose Blackburn (left) and Paddy Pratt partake of a cup of tea.

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography.

From: John Evans, Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust, 01646 684220.