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This is YOUR Heritage 2014

Hundreds get glimpse of our wartime past. More than 250 people experienced a glimpse of life during World War 1 when they attended a special heritage event at Bryngarw House Sunday 11th of May. Click the picture below to see the photo album (Opens in a new window).

Sepia Trench

Organised by the reach team in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Digital Bridgend Project, the free event turned the clock back a century with a look at various aspects of wartime.

A replica trench was built on the lawn in front of Bryngarw House, while military recruitment drives and battle re-enactments also took place. Visitors also had a chance to pick up some woodland survival skills by building their own dens and sampling wild nettle soup.

Historical and Heritage Societies from Bridgend's Heritage Network were also on hand at the event, to showcase their exhibititons and share their local historical projects with the public. Guest speaches touched on topics such as 'The Welsh At Mametz Wood', the 'Role of Women During WW1', Heritage Lottery Funding and the Digital Bridgend Project.

A pop-up cinema also showed footage from WW1 in Colour and Cedars Tea Room had a special Great War menu for customers.

David Williams, who visited the event with friends, said it was an "insightful, good day out". "The heritage event at Bryngarw Park, for someone interested in history like myself, was great. The charactes dressed as British and German soldiers and the trenches that were built were good to see and I nearly became enlisted in the greatest regiment in the British army, the Royal Welsh regiment as a 1914 recruitment officer told me. He made it sound like a holiday a nice trip to France, good food and I'd be home by Christmas!"

Bridgend County Borough Deputy Mayor Gary Thomas, who was among the attendees at the event along with Huw Irranca-Davies MP, said: "In this year more than any, it is vital for all generations to reflect on the incredible sacrifices and bravery shown by those who served during World War 1. We owe a debt of enormous gratitude to them all and this event was an excellent way to make the War's Centenary by providing a fascinating glimpse into what life was like 100 years ago".

Reach Team wishes to thank Bridgend's Military Preparation College for their invaluable help on the day, the staff at Cedars Tea Room, staff from Cwm Tawel for bushcraft skills, Swansea Pals re-enactment group, Dr Jonathan Hicks and Roy Meredith for their insightful talks and the Borough's History & Heritage Societies who volunteer their own time to help keep Bridgend's Heritage alive.

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