Tredegar Armed Forces Day 2012.



Tredegar Armed Forces Day 2012

Tredegar Town Council held their third celebration of Armed Forces Day on Sunday 24th June 2012. Mayor of Tredegar, Councillor Andrew Cotton welcomed all those attending saying "What a pleasure it was to be able to be able to show our support for the Armed Forces and to raise money for the Help for Heroes Appeal in Bedwellty House and Park for the first time since the refurbishment." He went on to thank the representatives from the Armed Forces past and present and all the organisations who had donated to the Appeal to have a table on the day.

He gave special thanks to the Welsh Rugby Union and their Vice Chairman Mr Ken Hewitt for letting us have the Triple Crown and Grand Slam Trophies on display. Last year's Mayor, Councillor Bernard Willis also brought along a rugby ball signed by the winning Welsh Team - this ball is due to be auctioned.
Also on show for the day was an Olympic Torch, proudly carried by Mr Malcolm Green from Cwm who was thrilled by the welcome he received - especially from the children.  He has visited a number of local schools with the Torch since carrying it through Brynmawr.

Amongst the many Forces who were represented we particularly would like to thank 2167 Tredegar Squadron ATC, the Corps of Drums from 275 Nantyglo & Blaina ATC, members of the TA who brought along their field gun and supplied the guard for the Trophies, the Royal Welsh paintballing team and Lance Corporal Franklin of 2 Royal Welsh who made such a contribution to the day. The Royal British Legion were well represented both with the Tredegar Section and, for the first time in Tredegar, the Bikers Section came along to join in. They made a wonderful sight - and sound - in the Parade and later lined up in front of the House. This group came from across South Wales and raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Our special thanks, as ever, to Mr Mike Pescod of Tredegar Branch RBL who marshalled the Parade on the day and to all the Legion Standard Bearers who joined us too. We are very grateful to them all.

Very special thanks to Rev. John Davis and Parish Reader June Powell for conducting the Service of Celebration, and leading the singing after a technical hitch with the music.

The salute was taken on the steps of Bedwellty House by the Mayor, Councillor Andrew Cotton and Flt. Lt. Chris Rundle of 2167 Tredegar Squadron ATC.

The Tredegar (Mon) & District Canine Society held a Companion Dog Show and donated £120 to the Appeal. Welly Wanging (possibly a new Olympic sport) by the Tredegar Twinning Association raised £30 and the paintballing target set up by the Royal Welsh raised a creditable £70. With a final total raised for the Help For Heroes Appeal being a fabulous £612.06p.

The afternoon concluded with the RAF St Athan Voluntary Band playing in the Bandstand as part of the Tredegar Town Council sponsored series of Sunday Concerts in the Bandstand.

On behalf of everyone at Tredegar Town Council - who sponsored and organised the event - we would like to thank all those who came along to join in the fun and helped raise funds for the Help for Heroes Appeal. It is impossible to name all the organisations that took part and gave up their time and efforts to join us on the day, but to you all, please accept the grateful thanks of everyone at Tredegar Town Council.

Thanks are extended to Mr David Gatward for the inclusion of some of his photographs in our Armed Forces Day Galleries. Click on the links below to view the galleries:-

Armed Forces Day 2012

Armed Forces Day 2012 - The Parade