Hundreds of people flocked to the Aberdare Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend. As well as enjoying a great FREE family fun day, all the visitors to Aberdare Park also made sporting history.
BBC sports presenter Jason Mohammad was the host for the Council’s Aberdare Festival and the Queen’s Baton Relay on Sunday, May 25.
There were live performances on stage from Britain’s Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud, supported by Evan Gardner, Gabrielle Murphy, Mixalydia, Fingertrap, The Reason and BBC TV’s The Voice contestant Paul Black.
Adding to the excitement of the day was the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay during its tour of Wales, |ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
Among those taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay was local resident Norman Richards, aged 74, who was one of the Welsh athletes who took part in the first-ever Queen’s Baton Relay when it came to Wales ahead of the 1958 Empire Games in Cardiff.
He was joined by a whole host of baton bearers, who all received a fantastic reception at Aberdare Festival.
Other attractions included arena shows such as the Savage Skills Mountain Bike Stunt Show, Duck Driving, Black Mountains Falconry and the Above and Beyond Aerial Display Team.
There was also a fun fair, mobile farm, Felix and Felix comedy penny farthing act and an extraordinary attraction featuring realistic Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by their entertaining and educational explorer guide, who offered a unique insight into the life of these mammals.
Jason Mohammad, the presenter of BBC TV’s Final Score, fronted the whole event from the main stage, with live coverage of parts of the day on television and radio.
Jason is one of the BBC’s biggest names in sport at the moment, having just presented the Snooker World Championships and has been named in the BBC’s Commonwealth Games |commentary team. He was also a BBC presenter at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Cardiff-born Jason, a Welsh speaker, also presents a daily show on BBC Radio Wales and also BBC Wales Scrum V Specials.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Council Business and Public Relations, said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic day, showcasing a huge range of sporting, cultural and performing talent that we have within our County Borough.
“We are delighted that the BBC presenter Jason Mohammad was able to join us to capture all the excitement. I am sure that all of the people who came to Aberdare Park had a great time with us.”