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Where did you get that hat?


More than 50 people, attending the launch of rite of passage on Friday May 16th 2008 at Neyland Yacht Club, were treated to a night of traditional music from Wales and Ireland played by Helen and George.

Simon Hancock, President of the Brunel Festival Association gave a short historical talk, touching on some of the key themes linking Neyland and Ireland. These will be expanded in an exhibition that is being prepared for the library in the Autumn.

Guy Norman from spacetocreate gave an introduction to the project outlining, how the project has developed, what it aims to achieve and the different ways that members of the community can get involved.

A suprise highlight of the evening was the showing of a fore and aft hat that once belonged to the great grandson of Sir Robert Peel and is now in the keeping of a family from Dale.

The project needs help to get the word out across Pembrokeshire that we are looking for more interesting momentoes of the period that will help to tell the story of Irish immigration to South Wales in the second half of the 19th Century.

Anyone coming forward will have the opportunity to "star" in a short film being made by local film-maker Sharron Harris, bringing the history home to a modern audience. Contact us if you think that you might be able to help.

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