Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor met local athletes who are heading for Glasgow 2014 to represent Wales and joined the centenary celebrations at one of the county borough’s longest-established companies during the civic week of June 29-July 5, 2014.
Mayor Cllr John Watts planted a tree to commemorate the 100 year celebrations of cable manufacturing company Prysmian Group in Harriet Street, Aberdare on Saturday, July 5.
Cable manufacturing at the site in Aberdare dates back to 1937 and the company employs many local people. Employees’ families were guests on the celebration day.
Cllr Watts said: “100 years of cable manufacturing in the UK is a large landmark – especially in today’s manufacturing environment and it was a privilege for me to attend this event and plant a commemorative tree to mark the company’s fantastic achievement.”
Athletes from across Rhondda Cynon Taf who will be taking part in the Commonwealth Games visited the Mayor’s parlour in Pontypridd on Thursday, July 3, and Cllr Watts was delighted to meet them at their official send-off and wish them all the best on behalf of all in Rhondda Cynon Taf for the Games, which start on July 23.
On Wednesday, July 2, Cllr Watts unveiled Blue Plaques funded by the Maerdy Archive on the former sites of two chapels. Ebenezer Chapel was built in 1910 on the site of an old forge and closed its doors in 1965. Bethania Chapel was built in 1879 and closed in 1989 after 110 years.
Cllr Watts started his week by awarding prizes at the Rhondda Schools Rugby Union annual presentation evening. He also presented prizes at the Cynon Valley South Schools Swimming Gala held at Abercynon Leisure Centre.
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.
To make a donation to this year’s Mayor’s Charity Appeal, please go to the Mayor's page