Tredegar Town Clock 150th Birthday and NHS 60th Anniversary
2008 was a momentous year for
Tredegar with two of its Greatest achievements celebrating
important dates - 150th Birthday of our Town Clock
and 60th Anniversary of the NHS.
Of course these important
achievements, which Tredegar people are so proud of, needed the
recognition they deserved and by working with local groups and
Unison Tredegar Town Council hoped to give them worthy
A diary of free events to celebrate
both achievements was compiled and before we go into further
details we feel this is the appropriate time to give all those who
worked hard to set up these events or offered sponsorship to
receive a resounding BIG THANK YOU from Tredegar Town
Caparo Tubes; UNISON; Laing
O'Rourke; Tredegar Communities 1st Central & West; Catapult;
Christians Together; Tredegar Comprehensive School and School
Choir; Tredegar Town Band; Tredegar Corps of Drum; Tredegar (Mons)
& District Canine Society; All Tredegar Primary Schools;
Tredegar Camera Club; Patrick Jones; The Red Choir; Tredegar Fire
Fighters; Tredegar Business Forum; Bethan Cartwright, Town Centre
Manager; Tredegar Amateur Boxing Club; and all local organisations
who participated in the Park Bazaar. Please accept our apologies if
we have missed anyone off our list.
Town Clock, the BIG 150
June was the month of celebrating
the 150th Birthday of our wonderful Town Clock and it was kick
started on 14th by the Tredegar Camera Club exhibition in Castle
Street. It must be said that these amateur photographers are world
class with some amazing photographs of our Town on display for all
to see free of charge. The foot fall over the two weeks was a
constant stream and praise was duly given by all.
20th June was the official unveiling
of the Town Clock Mosaic produced by Tredegar Comprehensive pupils.
This mosaic has been sited in the walkway between Commercial Street
and the car park at the rear of Commercial Street. The final piece
was added to the mosaic at the unveiling by the then Town Mayor,
Cllr John Morgan and the ceremony was closed with musical
entertainment from Tredegar Comprehensive Choir. Also during the
day a craft fair was held in the town.
21st June was Birthday Party day and
even though the weather was miserable we still had the bunting up
through town ready to celebrate. It all started with a parade, led
by Tredegar Corps of Drums and Tredegar Town Band, from St. Georges
Church to the Clock to sing Happy Birthday and carry out the
Ceremonial Door Unlocking with Balloon Race release. From here it
was off to Bedwellty Park for further entertainment from Tredegar
Town Band; Welsh Dancing display by Bryn Bach Primary; and in
Bedwellty house itself was a display of Town Clock memorabilia plus
Artwork from the local Primary Schools. Activities continued
through the Park with a Dog Show by Tredegar (Mon.) & District
Canine Society and a re-enactment of the Bazaar - thanks to local
associations who setup stalls to promote their associations.
22nd June was set for an afternoon
of resounding singing in the Circle thanks to Christians Together
who organised "Songs of Praise". The Service was joyous as the
sound of Tredegar Town Band and the glorious singing filled the
The weather finally got the better
of the celebrations and it became necessary to delay the final
event until 21st September which turned out to be a gloriously
sunny day. This event was a walking carnival organised by Catapult.
It started at St. George's Church, led by the Carnival Queen and
Princesses, and finished at Bedwellty Park which was donned with
colourful bunting. The day was aimed to be a family fun day with
bouncy castles; displays by Caperia Martial Arts & Tredegar
Amateur Boxing Club; Kidz'R'Us performance; musical entertainment
by DJ Tony; Fire Brigade; once again displays in Bedwellty House
and stalls around the outside. Plenty of food and drinks were
available on the day thanks to local associations such as Tredegar
Youth Café and Tredegar Round Table.
Photographs are available in the Gallery; Click on
Songs of Praise to view the service programme.
NHS 60th Anniversary 1948 -
July was the month of celebrating
the 60th Anniversary of the NHS and it all began on 4th with
Bedwellty House being the focal point for the events that day, what
a busy day! This was the starting point for the Vintage Bus Tours
of the Aneurin Bevan Trail; commentary was by voluntary local
tourism guide John Morgan and bus supplied by Re-Liance Bus
Preservation Group. The House itself was home for the day to BBC
Radio Wales who broadcast two live shows - the Richard Evans Show
(live NHS debate) and the Roy Noble Show. The evening saw a change
in venue and it was off to Tredegar Comprehensive School Hall for a
"Question Time Seminar - The NHS Past, Present and Future". This
was a lively debate between the panel members which consisted of
Wayne David MP, Dai Davies MP, Dr Dai Lloyd AM, John Lister, Jayne
Medlicott MBE, Paul Smith, Julian Hart, Edward Coyle and Marilyn
Pitman - a diversity of people whose experiences and qualifications
covered the full spectrum of medicine and NHS services.
5th July was the officially
unveiling of a new stone at Aneurin Bevan Stones, Sirhowy. The
stone, with plaque, was positioned by the parking area so as not to
distract from the existing monument. The unveiling was carried out
by Edwina Hart MBE AM Minster for Health who spoke of the wonderful
service given by the NHS over the years. This was followed by a
message from Michael Foot - read by Megan Fox; poetry by Patrick
Jones and musical entertainment from Tredegar Comprehensive School
Choir and Tredegar Town Band. We were delighted and honoured to be
joined by Aneura Thomas for the event, this lovely lady was the
first baby to be born under the NHS. Unfortunately as the weather
turned it became necessary to move the celebrations to Tredegar
Leisure Centre where the entertainment continued thanks to The Red
Choir and a local rock group.
Tredegar General Hospital was
another focal point for the celebrations and during 1st - 11th July
Communities 1st held an exhibition "Diseases in Tredegar Past &
Present" plus workshops on "Medicines through the Ages".
Click to view the message from
Michael Foot or the NHS
Seminar programme; Photographs are available to view in the Gallery.
All these free events would not have
taken place without the help and support of not just local
associations but also Tredegar residents who braved the elements to
show their support - THANK YOU ALL.