CALL FOR GREAT WAR PICTURES
A GROUP set up to protect the history and heritage of a Neath Port Talbot country park are calling on people to bring their pictures and tales the First World War to help an archive project.
The Friends of Margam Park, based at Margam Castle, will hold an all-day event at Aberafan Shopping Centre on Saturday, November 2, where people will get the chance to share their historic artifacts.
Julian James, publicity officer for the group, said: "We are running an archive research project to commemorate the 100th anniversary in 2013 of the outbreak of the First World War, and about the Margam Estate staff who served.
"Additionally, we are also looking for information on the Second World War servicemen from this area.
"We're appealing to members of the public for information relating to the servicemen or women of this period, and also for items relating to the Second World War, copies of photographs, letters, documents, or a relative who has a story to tell regarding a member of their family
"The items would be useful in contributing to the oral and written history of the period, and would also serve to enhance the project of commemoration."
Any documents contributed will be copied at the group's display space in the centre, with the item returned.
However, anyone who wishes to donate items to be preserved for display by the friends is also welcome to do so.
The group already has some items in their collection, including a photograph from the First World War of a man in uniform on a horse, and people waving soldiers off at Port Talbot train station.
Mr James added: "We also want to look at what effect it could have had on the running of the estate.
"We'll also have a video camera there for people to tell any stories their relatives will have told them."
The group will then use the images or documents to preserve the history of people from the area and the history of the estate at that time.
Anyone wishing to participate in the project can visit www.friendsof margampark.co.uk or call Julian on 07951 273858.