Call to Pembroke Dock Residents
Now that Pembroke Dock residents have voted overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the name of the town, all should unite in furthering its attraction as a tourist Centre by fighting to retain its present attractions and helping to promote new ones.
This view was expressed by the Deputy Mayor, (Aid. J. A. Meyrick Owen, In an interview with the ‘Guardian’ this week. The Alderman is ready to organize a public meeting to this end if enough residents indicate their readiness to support him.
Like many others, Alderman Meyrick Owen is greatly concerned about the impending transfer of the last Sunderland flying boat from the former, RAF station to the RAF Museum at Hendon, and believes that even though it may be rather late in the day (provisional arrangements have already been made to move it in October), all all- out effort should be made to retain it in Pembroke Dock.
“Attendance figures have proved that it has a great attraction for visitors,” he stressed.
He also wants local people to unite in doing everything possible to ensure that the ‘Warrior’, the first iron-clad of the Royal Navy, is not moved from the Haven to the Thames
“Just imagine the uproar there would be in Plymouth if there was any suggestion that Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory should be transferred to a new berth away from that town,” he commented. This is a Pembroke Dock matter and Pembroke Dock people should be up and doing and protecting their interests, he suggested. Recalling Pembroke Dock’s unique history as a military, naval and RAF garrison over the years, the Deputy Mayor said: “A museum to show our visitors the vital part Pembroke Dock – and its people – have played in the history of our country is, in my opinion, an absolute must!
“Just imagine the wealth of interesting military, naval and air force relics which could be accumulated in this area and Put on show in such a museum. Literally hundreds of military units have been stationed in the town since the 18th century. Many of them have disappeared and others disbanded or amalgamated into other units in the latest Defence
Ministry’s moves. They have no home save the Imperial War Museum and the Regimental Depots and will be glad to look upon Pembroke Dock as ‘home’ and be ready to put their trophies and other relics on display in such a museum.”
The same, said the Deputy Mayor, applied to the Navy with which Pembroke Dock had an association dating from 1813, and to Coastal Command of the RAF “Pembroke Dock has so unique a position with all three services that it is a natural for such a museum,” he went on. “I realize the Borough Council can no longer bear the expense or raise money for the provision of such a museum- this power is now vested in the County Council – but it could be done by private subscription.
“Just imagine the great amount of interesting, historical items which could be put on view and what a great attraction such a place, in say one of the hangars at the former RAF base, could be for our visitors,” enthused the Deputy Mayor.
“If my colleagues of the Borough Council had followed my advice a couple of years ago this could have been a reality by now,” he added regretfully.
“It can still be possible if Pembroke Dock people show a real interest in their own affairs,” he concluded.