Anniversary showing of “The Battle of the Somme”

Cymdeithas Hanes Lleol Llandysul a'r Fro - Llandysul Local History Society

30/11/2016 7:00pm - 30/11/2016 9:30pm

Film, Other

Porth Hotel
SA44 4QS

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On Wednesday, 22nd November 1916 the film “The Battle of the Somme” was shown in the Porth Assembly Hall, Llandysul. Now 100 years later on Wednesday, 30th November 2016 at 7pm, the Llandysul and District Local History Society, with Ivor Thomas, Hanes Capel Dewi, will be showing the same film again in the Porth Hotel. The Society welcomes everyone to come and see the film, we are asking for a contribution of £3 to non-members.

Society Secretary Lesley Parker “There was no electricity in Llandysul in 1916, street lights were powered by oil. Presumably, the Assembly Room would have been lit by candles and paraffin lamps. According to newspaper advertisements there were to be two showings in Llandysul on the same day and the audience would have paid 1/6 for adults and 6d for children. Certainly they would never have seen anything like this before. Very few photographs were published in the local newspapers of the war front and certainly letters from their sons, husbands, brothers and cousins would never be allowed to describe the true conditions of the war in France.”

Chairman, Jane KerrDuring the Society’s research in the local newspapers of the time we came across many mentions of men on furlough from the Somme or the “Big Push” or reports of men who were reported as injured but recuperating. Sadly we also came across the notices of the men who were killed in action. Of the 48 names on the Llandysul War Memorial eight young men from Llandyssul and the surrounding area, died in the battles of the Somme. They were aged between 20 to 24 years of age.”

The Society also has an exhibition “In Remembrance of our WW1 Heroes & Heroines: dedicated to all those who served from Llandysul and the surrounding areas” which is upstairs in the Llandysul Library building and open during library hours.