WAR PHONE ; Follow WWII trail on your mobile [Northeast Region] [Daily Post (Liverpool, England)]
(Daily Post (Liverpool, England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LLANDUDNO'S wartime history is being told to a whole new audience with an innovative walking tour - guided by mobile phones.
People can now use smartphones and internet tablets to lead them on a tour around the town's World War II sites.
Most new phones and internet tablets can scan QR codes that have been posted up at key locations around the town.
Each code triggers the download of an internet page, containing information about the building or object in front of the user.
People can then follow directions on the web page to the next featured place on the Wartime In Llandudno walking tour. The 14 locations are linked as a circuit, so people can join at any point. Sites include: A hotel earmarked by MI5 for double agents The wartime HQ of the Inland Revenue, when tax income was vital to the war effort A rest home, funded by Americans, for Land Girls to take a break from heavy farm work The location of a pigeon loft installed as back-up communication in case Hitler invaded Where future PM Jim Callaghan worked during the war The food office, where all residents collected their ration books.
The sacrifice by townspeople who joined the armed forces also features at the war memorial and Drill Hall - linked to the massacre of soldiers at Wormhout.
The tour also records the astonishing sum of money donated by the people of Llandudno in response to successive appeals. One appeal raised more than enough money in just a week to pay for a new warship, called HMS Llandudno.
Rhodri Clark, editor of community-based information project HistoryPoints, which hosts the web pages, said: "The Wartime In Llandudno tour is full of surprises. Linking the information to each site brings alive the fascinating story of one town's contribution to the war.
"We hope this tour will prove a valuable asset to the town's tourism trade, at a time when re-enacting and learning about the 1940s has become popular. It's also an exciting new educational tool."
Much of the text and images were supplied by historian Adrian Hughes, who runs the Home Front Experience in Llandudno, and by John Lawson-Reay, of the Llandudno And Colwyn Bay History Society. Clwyd Family History Society provided research on the people named on the town's war memorial. Mr Hughes said: "In a few short years Llandudno went from a pre-war place of fun and relaxation to playing a significant role in Britain's war effort."
The Wartime In Llandudno tour complements the Dig For Victory tour in Colwyn Bay which HistoryPoints.org established last year - showing how some of the town's familiar buildings were used by the evacuated Ministry Of Food to keep Britain fed.
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