WW1 silhouette finds a home at Porthcawl Museum.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

– Local People

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The Porthcawl branch of the Royal British Legion has presented a Poppy Fund silhouette figure to Porthcawl Museum and the figure will be displayed alongside the museum’s replica trench.

The silhouettes are near life-size and can be fixed to a wall or attached to an upright post in public or private spaces. In addition to this iconic image of a ’Tommy’ there are equally significant representatives of the members of the communities the nation says thank you to.

The silhouettes have at their base the words ’Lest we Forget’, but any business or community group can buy or sponsor a silhouette and have its name incorporated in the base wording, as an act of Remembrance and support of the valuable work of The Royal British Legion.

On behalf of the museum, chairman Paul Joseph accepted the silhouette from Peter Buckle, vice chairman and Ray Street, chairman of the Porthcawl branch of the RBL.

The museum was also presented with a Royal British Legion pennant to mark the 90th anniversary of the grand pilgrimage to France and Flanders made by 26,000 members of the families whose sons, husbands and brothers had made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War.

Members of the Porthcawl branch travelled to Ypres in August to join 1,600 standard bearers and wreath carriers from legion branches across the UK. The Porthcawl branch collection for the poppy fund this year has raised over £13,000.

David Swidenbank.

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