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
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:-
Forces Day 2012
Armed Forces Day 2012 -