Bikers' plaque marks Herbie's doubly thankful status

BIG THANKS: The 'thankful villages' tour stopped off in Herbrandston to dedicate a special plaque.

BIG THANKS: The 'thankful villages' tour stopped off in Herbrandston to dedicate a special plaque.

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WALES’ only ‘doubly thankful’ village has had its contribution to the First World War officially commemorated, 100 years on.

Herbrandston is one of three ‘thankful villages’ in Wales to see all of its men return from the First World War, and the only one to not lose anyone in the Second World War either.

Its contribution to the war effort has now been marked, thanks to a donation by a group of motorcyclists.

A slate plaque was unveiled in the village at on August 3, in a special service organised by local lady Dorothy Walters and members of the Aberystwyth and District Motorcycle Action Group.

The dedication was one of more than 50 across the UK, which saw the bikers travel to every thankful village in just nine days.

Medwyn Parry, chairman of the action group, said he felt it was vital to break through the ‘embarrassment of silence’ and recognise every thankful village.

“Their contribution to the war was just as valid as that of those who lost people,” he said.

“I have been fascinated with story of thankful villages for about 30 years.

"Every village has a story to tell, and they are some amazing stories.

So far, the UK-wide trip has raised around £20,000 for the Royal British Legion, with around £800 of that raised in Herbrandston.

Mr Parry praised Mrs Walters for getting behind the project, and helping raise funds.

“She totally embraced the whole thing and got the community involved,” he said.

“The welcome we had in Herbie was wonderful.”

Local biker Phil McFadden from Pembroke Dock said a few words at the service, and ended up joining the group for the rest of the trip.

A week of activities to mark the village’s ‘thankful’ status starts next Wednesday, August 27, with a poster competition.

On Thursday, a dog show will take place on the green, and on Friday families can take part in walking treasure hunt around the village.

A fun day on the green on Saturday will include welly throwing, sing-a-longs, children’s competition and a ‘bring your own lunch’ picnic. And on Sunday, an open air service will take place on the green.

An exhibition of wartime photographs and memorabilia will also be held at the Church, and local contributions are welcomed.

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