Hundreds go back in time at Defence of Blaenavon

Hundreds go back in time at Defence of Blaenavon

WW2 re-enactment of the 'defence of Blaenavon' at the Iron Works JOINING THEC RANKS Harrison Reed, age eight, of Blaenavon gets a taste of thing back then as he walks with Robert Wilkins and Stephen Hunt of the 101st Airbourne (9122891)

WW2 re-enactment of the 'defence of Blaenavon' at the Iron Works LEISURE TIME Soldiers of 2nd Batt Glosters, (ok), Danny Collins, (lt), and Darryl Swarfield, (ok), enjoy a game of darts (9122897)

WW2 re-enactment of the 'defence of Blaenavon' at the Iron Works NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE The FJR5 create a little atmosphere (9122899)

WW2 re-enactment of the 'defence of Blaenavon' at the Iron Works Nurse Donna Cross attends to the needs of everyday war duties (9122901)

WW2 re-enactment of the 'defence of Blaenavon' at the Iron Works HOME FRONT Julie Salter, (lt), and Sue Horton look the part (9122903)

WW2 re-enactment of the 'defence of Blaenavon' at the Iron Works HOME DEFENCE A group gather infront of the Iron Works, which includes, Home Guards, Resistance and a Yank (9118395)

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HUNDREDS were cast back to the Second World War at a free event in Blaenavon on the weekend.

The Defence of Blaenavon was held for the third consecutive year and plays, stories, demonstrations and music helped display what life would have been like during the war.

The lead custodian of the Blaenavon Ironworks, Pru Williams, said 1,200 people attended the event on Saturday, with another 500 on Sunday.

Undeterred by the day’s changeable weather, Mrs Williams added that Blaenavon had visitors from as far away as Australia.

Mrs Williams said: “It is going from strength to strength every year.”

And another 100 re-enactors from the South Wales Borderers group dressed in American, British or German period military uniforms and a 1940s pub, The Wheatsheaf, was built up in the town for people to enjoy a drink in authentic surroundings.

Planning for next year's events will begin in just a month’s time because of the preparation that is required for it to take place.

The Royal British Legion charity had a stall at the event. As part of the event, different charities are invited to attend. Last year’s re-enactment was attended by Help The Heroes fundraisers.

A Name the Teddy Bear competition was entered by more than 290 people – although the bear, who wears a poppy and a host of military medals, was yet to be given a name on the weekend.

Visitors could also listen to real life stories from the Home Front told by people in Stack Square. They were also able to enjoy plays, living history displays, weapon displays and music from the 1940s as part of the weekend’s activities.

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