Olympic diver Tom Daley brought the Queen's Baton Relay to the UK. It arrives at Aberdare Festival on May 25
Top BBC sports presenter Jason Mohammad is to host Aberdare Festival and the Queen’s Baton Relay on May 25.
Organisers Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are delighted that the BBC’s Final Score host is to front the event at Aberdare Park.
There will be many attractions on the day, including a special appearance on stage by Britain’s Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud and the eagerly-awaited arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
Aberdare Festival, which will also feature BBC’s The Voice contestant Paul Black as well as a demonstration by mountain gorillas, promises to be a great free day out for all the family.
Earlier this week the Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in the UK, with Olympic diving sensation Tom Daley being the first person to get his hands on it. It will now travel all over the country, arriving in Rhondda Cynon Taf on Saturday, May 25.
Jason Mohammad is looking forward to being the host of this very special event, which is also going to be partly televised by BBC Wales.
He 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 BBC’s Final Score every Saturday afternoon as well as his weekday programme on BBC Radio Wales and the BBC Wales Scrum V Specials. He has also appeared in the long-running BBC sci-fi series Dr Who as a television newsreader!
Only Boys Aloud will headline on the arena stage, supported by a whole host of exciting local talent!
Their appearance will no doubt further increase the profile of the event which will, in turn, further promote RCT as a popular visitor destination.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Council Business and Public Relations, said: “There is much to be proud of about life in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Our county borough boasts a huge range of sporting, cultural and performing talent, which will be showcased and celebrated through Aberdare Festival in order to encourage and inspire others.
“We are delighted that the BBC presenter Jason Mohammad will be joining us at Aberdare Festival, an event which will attract hundreds of people of all ages to the locality and the beautiful park.”
Only Boys Aloud’s performance in the park will be a massive treat for residents, allowing them to enjoy the magical act that inspired standing ovations and huge praise from music mogul Simon Cowell and his fellow BGT judges Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.
If that wasn’t enough, the Council has also secured Swing artist Paul Black, the performer who stunned judges Sir Tom Jones and Will.I.AM on the BBC talent show.
Arena shows have also been organised to enjoy throughout the day, including the Savage Skills Mountain Bike Stunt Show, Duck Driving, Black Mountains Falconry and the Above and Beyond Aerial Display Team.
There will also be 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 offers a unique insight into the life of these mammals.
For all your exciting Aberdare Festival news visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/aberdarefestival