With a few old photos of the Quins 1st XV and 2nd XV it was suggested to me by ex player and Quins stalwart, David Woodhead, to have a chat with Percy Jones, club archivist and historian. Rummaging through old photos Percy reveals a 1914 team photo. Percy has has difficulty putting names to faces, but in it I notice the face of St Clears man, the WW1 highly decorated pilot, James IRA (Taffy) Jones. Percy then reveals his database of players from the year dot. Names start popping out to me as I scan the document: Parcell Rees Bowen, another air ace of the Great War from Abergwili. Up on the wall in the Clubhouse is a photo of the president 1912/13, David King in his officer’s uniform.
Each man has a story and more research adds levels of knowledge to what these men and their families went through a hundred years ago. Obviously their involvement in the war binds these young men together. The other common denominator and at the centre of their lives pre- war was their involvement in the game of rugby and in their rugby club: the Harlequins of Carmarthen.
On Friday, February 17th the Clubhouse will host a Great War exhibition. The Tin Shed, Laugharne, the Back to the Front Experience, Morfa Bay, Pendine, Jeff Phillips, Swansea WW1 artist will all exhibit in the afternoon with artefacts and mannequins, but the centrepiece will be the Quins players of a 100 years ago. The Club will display the stories and photographs of the known players of the era.
The afternoon will be open to all with free entry. The exhibition will be officially opened at 1 p.m. It is hoped that the day will encourage to come forward with their stories of The Great War. Stories can be added and hopefully the database of stories related to the Club will grow.
The exhibition will close at 6pm to allow the performers to set up for the evening show. The evening will see the Carmarthen based, folk-rock band TRENCHFOOTlaunch their CD, ‘Whispers’ which includes the song ‘Central Blue’ inspired by the 1914 Quins team photo.
Trenchfoot are steeped in stories real and imagined, it’s not a sad sound though, with emotionally, powerful lyrics, foot-tapping rhythms, driving bass lines, rousing sing-a-long choruses and an Americana folk style with their vocals and harmonies.
The band performs original, contemporary songs, have four versatile lead vocalists in Lorraine King, Phil Jenkins, Terry Thomas and Jeff Singer: turning their hands to a multitude of instruments; ukulele, banjoitar, accordion, mandolin, acoustic guitar, mandocello and harmonica. Seimon Pugh Jones and Andy Edwards lay the foundation of the performance on drums and bass. http://trenchfoot-music-wales.webs.com
Doors Open: 7p.m.
Performance starts 7.30p.m.