- August 1, 2017
- Posted by: Carwyn Jones AM
- Category: Seaside News
Last month, I was honoured to attend a special service at Stormy Down to commemorate those who served at RAF Stormy Down during WWII. During the dedication service, a memorial stone was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan Mrs Kate Thomas CVO. I was very pleased to have been asked to lay a wreath on behalf of the Welsh Government. Other dignitaries were also invited to lay a wreath including the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns on behalf of the UK Government.
It was a very moving service and one which was a fitting and lasting tribute.
After the service, there was a fly past from a Hurricane and a Spitfire. The Red Arrows also took part to mark the occasion.
It has been fascinating to learn about the importance of Stormy Down and the part it played during the Second World War as I had always assumed that it was a dummy airfield.
I also visited the ‘War in the Air’ Exhibition at Porthcawl Museum which has more information about Stormy Down’s history. I would like to thank Rob and Ann Taylor and Ceri and Paul Joseph for showing me around the special exhibition.