Mayor Cllr Watts and wife Anne at the Big Welsh Bite in Pontypridd
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor remembered those who took part in the Great War during the civic week, August 3-August 9, 2014.
Mayor Cllr John Watts attended the National Service of Commemoration to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, held at Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, on Monday, August 4.
Earlier that day, Cllr Watts was invited to view an exhibition at St Catherine’s Church, Pontypridd, commemorating the First World War. St Catherine’s Church was chosen as the setting for the exhibition held last week as its large, colourful West Window is in memory of the fallen in the War.
Cllr Watts said: “It is so important that we remember those who participated in the Great War 100 years ago and gave the ultimate sacrifice so that future generations could enjoy their freedom.
“The exhibition at St Catherine’s Church included military items, souvenirs and objects from prisoners of war, as well as information from local experts on family history connections to the Great War. I also had the opportunity to view the Pontypridd Roll of Honour and databases on personnel from the area who were killed in action.
“Over the next few years, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be seeking to commemorate the Great War appropriately. I am honoured that during my year as Mayor, I will be able to join the World War I commemoration events.”
The Mayor’s week began on Sunday, August 3, with a visit to popular food and agriculture festival the Big Welsh Bite in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd.
Around 10,000 people flocked to the park over the weekend to enjoy the annual event organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
On Wednesday, August 6, Cllr Watts helped runners get on their marks when he started the annual Gilfach Goch Fun Run. He presented medals to all the children who took part and thanked the community council and local residents for making the run such a success.
During his year in office from 2014-2015, Cllr Watts will be working through his charity appeal to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT), The Royal British Legion and the Rhondda Appeal, a local cause for Boys’ and Girls’ clubs.
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A dedicated First World War Centenary web page will provide information about the projects, events and exhibitions being organised by the Council for the centenary commemorations.