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  • Newspaper article about the Lord Mayor unveiling a plaque in memory of the Free French forces, Cardiff, 15 April 1995

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This newspaper article published in the South West Echo on 13th April 1995 reports on the unveiling of a plaque outside the former headquarters of the Société Franco-Anglaise de Cardiff at 36 Park Place. The plaque commemorates the French servicemen who fled their country and found friendship and hospitality in Cardiff. The article is accompanied by a picture of the Lord Mayor Ricky Ormonde, Lady Mayoress Valerie Swinburne, a flagbearer for the Free French Association of Great Britain Eddy Hasson and a member of the Société Franco-Anglaise de Cardiff Arlette Ragody Hughes.

The Société Franco-Anglaise was established in 1906 to promote friendly British-French relations by encouraging people to learn about French culture and study the French language. This was particularly important when the society was founded as many French people came to Cardiff as part of the shipping and coal industries and to learn English. The society existed through two world wars which meant many members had to work towards the war effort, either on the front or at home. Its library of French books, French plays and celebrations of French festivals, such as the Fête de Noël, Fête de Rois and Mardi Gras, have attracted many British and French members over the years. In 1995 the Société Franco-Anglaise de Cardiff changed its name to Société Franco-Britannique de Cardiff. The society, which is a registered charity, is still active today organising lectures in French and social events, such as parties, picnics, visits to tourist attractions. Since 1997 the society has run an annual coach trip to France. Destinations have included Paris, Brittany and Champagne.

Glamorgan Archives, D593/10/4/1
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