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Tuning into a wartime Christmas

wartime christmasGHOSTS 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, December 14.

There will be two storytelling 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 to come along as well so the whole family can soak up the atmosphere of Christmas in a bygone and nearly forgotten era of British history.