Mayor Cllr John Watts
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor attended a walk in memory of those who died in a Rhondda mining disaster, during his civic week July 13-July 19, 2014.
Cllr John Watts officially started the inaugural GLO-AUR (Coal to Gold) sponsored walk on Tuesday, July 15 in Cymmer, Porth. The GLO-AUR walk marks the historic link between Cymmer and the Victorian mansion Insole Court in Llandaff, which was built by George Insole and his son James.
A major source of their fortune was through mining coal at Cymmer and then shipping it out to the world through Cardiff, Penarth and Barry Docks.
The walkers carried a small piece of coal, which on completion of the walk from Cymmer to Cardiff was exchanged for a gold token. This is symbolic of the statement that ‘Rhondda’s Coal became Cardiff’s Gold’.
The walk was also in memory of the disaster on July 15, 1856 at Cymmer mine, where 114 men and boys lost their lives after an explosion underground.
“The principle of the walk is ‘what is raised in Cymmer stays in Cymmer’ and walkers from Ysgol Gyfun Cymmer here today will be raising sponsorship for their school,” said Cllr Watts.
Walkers from Cantonian High School in Llandaf were seeking sponsorship towards the restoration of Insole Court as a significant heritage site. The walk is the result of a working partnership between The Friends of Insole Court and the charity Challenge Aid.
That evening, Cllr Watts was among those who celebrated the achievement of many students when he attended their graduation ceremony at the University of South Wales, Treforest.
The Mayor began his week by attending the Civic Sunday service in Merthyr on July 13 and later in the week cheered on young musicians from Rhondda Cynon Taf who were performing in the Four Counties Youth Orchestra concert, along with Guernsey Youth Orchestra, in Porthcawl Pavilion on Wednesday, July 16.
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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