The good old days
Written by Fiona
26th September, 2017
Residents came together to share very personal stories of the World War and long serving history in the Navy, Air Force and Army. It was clear from the smiles and stories that new friendships were being formed.
Robert Clubb (below), 93 years of age proudly showed other residents his collection of medals, a framed thank you letter for service and a handwritten journal of memories since he began his career as a merchant seaman. He joined up when he was just 18 years old , meeting his wife Doreen in 1944. They later went on to have four children.
Brian Griffiths, 80 years of age spoke of the “good old days” when reminiscing about his service in the Merchant Navy and Air Force. He has been a resident at Llwys Ebwy for 14 years and smiled with a twinkle in his eye when asked if the old tale of a girl in every port was true!
Over 15 residents came together and enjoyed the social time and stories. Scheme Manager Liz Hughes said; “Days like today show how important it is for residents to come together with a common interest. The amazing stories that have been shared have been a truly humbling experience. We will definitely be organising more activities like this as everyone got so much out of today.”
Des, served 22 years in the army as Sargeant Major Morgan; recalled how the lads would play tricks on each other, saying; “We would wind each other up and trick each other into extra work!”
The scheme also hired a box of World War Two memorabilia from the local Museum; containing cuttings from old newspapers, identity cards, food ration booklets, dried egg, a bell and a black out torch.