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Exhibitions and Events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the

SS Samtampa and Edward Prince of Wales disaster, 23rd April 1947.

Objective; To maintain and create awareness of Porthcawl’s Maritime Heritage.

March: ITV to include the story in their Trevor Fishlock programme.

April 14th – 19th: Awen will hold an exhibition at the Porthcawl Pavilion Stage Door.
A program of events will include photographs by Keith Morgan and a screening of Anthony Hontoir’s, Dangerous Coast film on Saturday 15th April. Further details to be announced.

April 22nd: Porthcawl Library’s “Story-time” will feature a member of Porthcawl RNLI whose Grandfather lost their life in the disaster plus sea-themed arts and crafts.

April 22nd: Porthcawl RNLI will hold a service at All Saints Church at 15.00 hr.

April – May: Porthcawl Museum & Historical Society will hold a Maritime Exhibition.

April 24th – 7th May: Porthcawl Shout Forum will hold a bilingual exhibition in the Senedd upper Oriel Gallery telling the story of the disaster, it will also include an art exhibition.

May 3rd: A disaster commemoration event will be produced by Porthcawl Shout Forum at the Senedd and launched by its Patron Carwyn Jones AM. Mumbles AM Rebecca Evans together with Mumbles and Porthcawl Town Mayors will also take part. School children from the disaster triangle of Mumbles, Middlesbrough and Porthcawl will take part together with Bridgend and Swansea college drama students. A variety of community groups will also take part in story telling and writing, poetry, personal recollections and folk singing. Time 11.30am to 2.30pm.

May 10th - 21st June: The Senedd exhibition will move to the Swansea, Waterfront Museum.

October/November: The Savage Sea Public Art memorial to the disaster will be completed at the new Harbour-side development at Cosy Corner.

Note: We hope this list of events will assist organisers and help everyone achieve as much publicise as possible for their event. Please inform me if anything needs correcting or you have more information.

Thank you for your community support for this initiative……..Gary Victor for PSF. 12th Feb 2017

to commemorate the anniversary, schools in the three affected areas are working together, sharing their community’s different, harrowing experience of April 1947. Photographic / video sharing will link the schools through science, maths, art, crafts, music, dance and drama.

Using the Literacy/Numeracy Framework for Primary Schools in Wales pupils will gain insight into the history, geography and science which conspired against the S.S. Samtampa. This will be presented in such a way that both educational, historical, cultural, emotional and social benefits will be provided for the children.

This Teaching Resource, which will be available in English and Welsh, will be made available to schools in the areas involved but, as 2018 is designated by the Welsh Assembly as the Year of the Sea, it is conceivable that the Teaching Resource, will be available, via the Internet, to any school in Wales thus providing a valuable bridge to the Year of the Sea and beyond.

An exhibition on the disaster will be presented by community volunteers Porthcawl Shout Forum a the project Patron, Carwyn Jones AM, it will involve School children, College students, Community Groups, Folk Music, Personal Reflections and AMs. The Bi lingual exhibition will move to the Waterfront Museum, Swansea and open on 10th May for around eight weeks.

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