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What do they put in the water in Tredegar

What do they put in the water in Tredegar

What do they put in the water in Tredegar?

That's what everyone is asking as we celebrate the victories of our own Mark Colbourne as he brings home Gold and two Silver medals from the London 2012 Paralympic Games!

To mark the occasion there is now a Gold postbox outside the Post Office in Commercial Street. Councillor Andrew Cotton, Mayor of Tredegar, was one of many people who wanted to join in with the excitement of a victory for another outstanding ambassador of our Town.

Tredegar plans 'true hero' welcome for golden boy Mark, Saturday 29th September 2012

Tredegar born, Mark Colbourne will be welcomed home on Saturday, 29 September with a special celebratory event throughout his home town. The home-coming ceremony, organised by Tredegar Town Council will start at 11am from the Bevan Memorial Stones and will give local residents and other visitors the chance to see the Paralympian as he is carried in an open top bus throughout the town.

A full itinerary follows, and will include iconic sights such as Tredegar Town Clock and the newly painted Royal Mail 'Golden' Postbox, awarded following the Paracyclists success; winning gold and silver medals at the Paralympic games. The Royal Mail is issuing stamps for all gold medal-winning Paralympians and Mark is the third member of ParalympicsGB to appear on one. The stamps will be on display at Bedwellty House at a later date.

The route is : Saturday, September 29 at 11am - Open top bus departs from the Bevan Memorial Stones. Mark will be carried in an open top bus down Beaufort Road to the bypass, along the bypass to the Crown roundabout, down through Ashvale and Sycamore Avenue and on through Stockton Way (the Dram Road). There will then be a loop of the one way system through the underpass at Gwent Shopping Centre, along Commercial Street with a photo stop at the Golden Postbox. The bus will park in the bus stop in front of Lidl. Then there will be another trip through the underpass to the Town Clock, on to Park Place roundabout and then to the Bandstand for a warm welcome, approximately 12pm (timings are variable depending on traffic/supporters).

The Leader for Tredegar Town Council Malcolm Cross said:

"It's great that we can now let the rest of Tredegar know the home-coming plans that we've had in place for Mark. He is a fantastic role model and deserves recognition for his breathtaking performances at the Games."

Alun Davies AM praised the Paralympian, commenting: "What Mark has achieved is an inspiration to all of us.I call on everyone who can, to try and make it to the home-coming event, to show how proud we are," said Mr Davies.

He added: "Mark's extraordinary achievements, have focused the sporting World's attention on our community and will undoubtedly inspire a future generation of able bodied and non-abled bodied sporting champions. I sincerely hope that the incredible skill and sportsmanship shown by our Paralympians and Olympians receives the recognition they truly deserve by appearing on the forthcoming honours list."

Mark was badly injured at Rhossili on the Gower, in a paragliding accident in May 2009. He was left with a broken back and lower leg paralysis after his paraglider fell to the ground from around 40ft (12m).

Mark says:

"It is my previlige that I return home to Tredegar with my winning medals from London 2012 Paralympics.

I knew before I went to the games that the whole of Wales were behind me due to the epic journey that I've encountered to get to London, plus, all of my special friends and loving family.

It really does make me so proud to have such a great amount of support from the local community and I hope I did them proud with my efforts and achievements.

Coming home to Wales is always a great feeling of joy and such a happy occasion for me, however, to see everyone celebrate my success next week will give me such a buzz that will certainly stay with me for years to come."

For further details please contact Christine Keane, Tredegar Town Clerk on 01495 722 352

Saturday 29 September 2012

Sports hero granted Freedom of the Town!

Gold and double silver medallist, Paracyclist Mark Colbourne was given a rapturous welcome home today during a special celebratory event throughout his home town of Tredegar. The Homecoming ceremony, organised by Tredegar Town Council, was quickly drawn together as soon as Mark let us know when he would be coming home, finally giving local residents and other well wishes the chance to see the Paralympian as he was carried in an open top bus throughout the town. Crowds of people lined the streets, many waving flags to show their support for him.

To recognise this momentous occasion, Mark was awarded the Freedom of the Town presented by Tredegar Town Council. This honour is awarded on rare and special occasions and Mark will become only the third person to have received this highly prestigious award.

The parade gathered in the grounds of the newly renovated Bedwellty Park where they were welcomed by the sound of Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir, before Tredegar Town Mayor, Councillor Andrew Cotton, presented a scroll to Mark Colbourne, who was thrilled to accept the honour.

The ceremony was witnessed by special guests including his family and friends.

Tredegar Town Mayor, Andrew Cotton thanked everyone that 'came out in their droves to show their support for Mark' and commended the Paralympian on his 'tremendous achievement'. Adding: "This is an historic occasion which was received with enthusiasm and pride and it will live on in the memories of many people in Tredegar for years to come."

Mark was badly injured in the Gower, Swansea, in a paragliding accident in May 2009.

Tredegar Town Council would like to extend their thanks to The Bath Bus Company for generously donating their Cardiff Open Top Bus which is usually found touring the City; Claire Ackling, formerly of British Cycling, we wish her success in the future; Christina Kelkel of JAC Sport; Gwent Police for their help and support; St John Ambulance (Tredegar) who always support our events - we couldn't do it without them! Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council - for their help, support and advice especially Tredegar Leisure Centre for the bunting and Cardiff City Council for the rest of it! 2167 Squadron ATC (Tredegar) who always support Town Council events and the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers who formed the honour guard for Mark. Our thanks too to all the staff at Bedwellty House and Park, shop keepers and people across the Town for decorating their windows. Finally to everyone who has volunteered to steward throughout the route - members of local groups and organisations who have taken part and to the Members and Borough Members of Tredegar Town council who have so generously given up so much of their free time to organise and steward what was a wonderful event! 

Click here to read Mark's thank you letter.

January 2013

Mark Colbourne - Tredegar Town Council wishes to congratulate Mark on his recent award of an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours List. He is a true ambassador for Tredegar and Wales, well done Mark.