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....never knew about it and not seen the topic covered in Wiki History forums.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/7144230.stm


The plaque remembers how Wallasey helped Ammanford
Ammanford has been remembering how a community near Liverpool helped save countless lives in the town during its hour of need in the 1920s depression.
People in Wallasey adopted the town and send thousands of pounds and tons of clothing during the winter of 1928-29.

Nine of the area's 10 mines had closed, and people were left without food or money for heating and essentials.

Fifty years ago a street was named in honour of Wallasey and now a plaque has been unveiled as a further tribute.

Among those attending Friday's ceremony were Doreen Evans and May Morgan, who remembered the depression and now live on Heol Wallasey.

Ms Evans said: "It was very sad in Ammanford at that time - we were really desperate. Wallasey people were ever so kind."

Ms Morgan added: "Things were very difficult. We had soup kitchens coming home from school. My brother was born then and we had nothing coming in."

The friendship is perhaps not entirely surprising considering the enormous amount of Welsh people who live in Wallasey

Terry Norman, of the Ammanford history society, has written extensively about the period.

He said: "We are taking about 1928 when of the 10 collieries in the town only one was working due to the depression.

"People think the depression was in the 1930s but in Ammanford it was 1928 to 1929 when there was 33% unemployment and sheer destitution.

"A fund was set up - what they did was approached prosperous areas to adopt towns in the distressed areas.

"Of course this was before the welfare state... it was only in absolute dire need were you given money."

Also at the unveiling was Adrian Jones, deputy mayor of Wirral, who said: "The friendship struck up between Wallasey and Ammanford at that time is perhaps not entirely surprising considering the enormous amount of Welsh people who live in Wallasey.

"Until recently there was still a Welsh language church so that connection was already there.

"Nevertheless it was obviously an enormous gesture and I'm glad to be a part of recording the history."

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Nice story. Shame it was spoilt later by Birkenhead Water flooding the valleys and digging up the cemetery in North Wales

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More here, History, Mercy from the Mersey.........

http://www.ammanfordtown.org.uk/

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How interesting; I didn't know of that either, despite growing up in Wallasey.

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Originally Posted by fish5133
Nice story. Shame it was spoilt later by Birkenhead Water flooding the valleys and digging up the cemetery in North Wales

This has nothing to do with Ammanford. Please keep on topic.


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Nice story. Shame it was spoilt later by Birkenhead Water flooding the valleys and digging up the cemetery in North Wales

This has nothing to do with Ammanford. Please keep on topic.


Sorry chaps thought the topic covered the goodwill of wirral with the welsh.

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I think the Wallasey/Ammanford buisiness was the welcome exception to the rule: in general I think that there has historically been hostility between the Welsh and Wirral.


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