Welcome to Adele’s pop-up 40s mu­seum

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - BY MARI JONES mari.jones@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @week­lynews­mari

AMUM of five was so inspired by her grand­par­ents’ tales from the Sec­ond World War, that she now dresses up in vintage 40s gear and takes a pop up mu­seum around schools in North Wales.

Adele Sid­dle-Ward, from Old Col­wyn, dresses up as a Land Girl or a wartime nurse when vis­it­ing schools, and shows the chil­dren her huge col­lec­tion of orig­i­nal 1940s wartime goods which in­cludes gas masks, cloth­ing coupons, and a poignant wartime jour­nal writ­ten by a soldier from Col­wyn Bay.

The 44-year-old mum of five said: “I’ve al­ways had a fas­ci­na­tion with the 1940s, my nan and grand­dad used to talk about that pe­riod a lot and I’d lis­ten and take it all in as a child.

“My nan worked in an am­mu­ni­tions fac­tory and my grandad was a Bevin Boy and worked in the coal mines.

“He was one of four sons, the rest went to war but in case some­thing hap­pened to them he was sent down the mines to try and keep him safe.

“I just think in those days peo­ple were more con­tent, even though they had far less than peo­ple to­day.

“They were also far greener, my grand­par­ents never wasted any­thing and I just think it’s so im­por­tant for chil­dren to learn about their val­ues and to learn about the war.

“It should never be for­got­ten what that gen­er­a­tion did for us.”

Adele who vis­its the schools for free, says be­cause she is s dressed up she im­me­me­di­ately catches the school pupils at­ten­tions.

“The nurse’s out­fit is all orig­i­nal, I man­aged to source it from a woman in Betws y Coed,” she said:

“The kids are fas­ci­nated by the woollen cape, and the cheese cloth cap with its em­broi­dered red cross.

“They al­ways look quite shocked when I show them an evac­uee’s suit- case with just a few be­long­ings in it, and al­ways look re­volted when I tell them that dry eggs were used in­stead of real eggs.

Adele re­cently trav­elled to Lon­don to take part in the of­fi­cial VE Con­cert on Horse Guards Pa­rade.

She said: “I dressed as a Land Girl and met many vet­er­ans so it was q quite an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. “I was gulp­ing back te tears when the a ac­tress Jane Horr rocks was read­ing out a let­ter from a s soldier to his pare ents, be­fore he was kil killed. “I also take part in Howarth 1940s Week­end, the vil­lage fa­mous for the Ho­vis ad­vert.

“And I’m pleased to say Col­wyn Bay’s 40s Fes­ti­val is also be­com­ing a re­ally good event, but it’s not just about dress­ing up, it’s about teach­ing the younger gen­er­a­tions about what great he­roes these peo­ple were.”

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