Porthcawl Museum ‘rolls out the barrel’ for VE Day event and singalong

Singalong wartime favourites Roll Out The Barrel and The White Cliffs of Dover were on the menu alongside recipes from the time of rationing at a special coffee morning held to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Organiser Chris Swidenbank, Porthcawl Museum’s social secretary, said wildflowers and Union Jacks adorned the tables at the Y Centre on John Street in Porthcawl last Friday as they would have done at street parties 70 years ago.

Mrs Swidenbank and museum volunteers were also supported by the Royal British Legion’s Porthcawl branch, the RAFA club, Townswomen’s Guild and Porthcawl Lions, who contributed wartime cakes and dishes to the spread, which included boiled raisin cake, also known as war cake, carrot sticks (carrots wrapped in mashed potato and bread crumbs) and vinegar cake.

The crowd was also treated to a VE Day quiz, a raffle, and a singalong led by museum secretary Ceri Joseph.

“There was a lovely atmosphere,” said Chris. “Events like this are only possible thanks to the support of volunteers.”

Porthcawl Museum, which is on John Street, has also created a special victory garden to commemorate VE Day, which features a real Anderson air-raid shelter.

Following the nationwide two minute’s silence at 3pm on Friday, Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s famous “This is your victory” speech, originally delivered on May 8, 1945, was replayed in the garden.

Porthcawl Museum volunteers will also be holding a fundraising cake-and-bake sale at the Y Centre at 10.30am on Friday, June 12.

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