Gateway to the past
For Jackie Cunningham, one of the organisers of the visit by Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Gateway Club to Carew Cheriton Airfield, the occasion had special significance. Her aunt, Mary Cook, served as a WAAF during the Second World War on the base and actually worked inside the Control Tower which is now a museum.
Members of the Gateway Club learnt how three other WAAFs who served in the Control Tower had returned to the Museum some years ago and had provided detailed advice that enabled volunteers there to ensure that exhibits and furniture were authentically displayed.
Jackie said her aunt, who lived in Pembroke Dock and cycled each day to Carew Cheriton to carry on her duties, met her future husband there.
The Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Gateway Club, which has been helping local people with a learning disability enjoy social activities for over 30 years, usually meets at the Pembroke R.F.C clubhouse. They all agreed that dressing up in authentic uniforms and singing wartime songs in the Museum’s air-raid shelter was a great evening’s entertainment.