HUNDREDS were cast back to the Second World War at a free event in Blaenavon this 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 and another 500 by this afternoon, 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 reenactors 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.
Next year’s event will be planned in a month’s time because of the planning 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.
And 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 yesterday.
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.