Mayor Cllr Watts with Mrs Irene Davies and Mayor's consort Mrs Anne Watts
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor had an opportunity to remember those who took part in the First World War and met one of the Rhondda’s oldest residents during the civic week of June 15-21, 2014.
Mayor Cllr John Watts was among the many who attended the Armed Forces Day Commemorative Service and the raising of the flag on Saturday, June 21, at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd.
The day was held in partnership with the Royal British Legion and Pontypridd Town Council at the War Memorial within the park grounds.
The service honoured Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s long-standing commitment to Armed Forces Day and formed part of a wider programme of activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War. Cllr Watts laid a wreath at the War Memorial and made the opening speech on the day.
See the images from the Armed Forces Day Commemorative Service
During his week, Cllr Watts also paid a visit to Mrs Irene Davies of the Rhondda, who celebrated her 100th birthday with her family at Pentre House Care Home. Irene was born in Eileen Place, Tynewydd, and was one of six children. She and her husband Daniel lived at Wyndham Street, Tynewydd, for more than 50 years.
On Thursday, June 19, the Mayor was delighted to attend the annual 'Celebration of Voices' concert hosted jointly by Cambrian Male Voice Choir and Cwmclydach Primary School.
Children in the school choir performed popular songs from the musicals, as well as more traditional tunes. The idea for an annual concert came about after the school completed an award-winning history project on the Tonypandy-based male choir.
View images from the concert at Cwmclydach Primary School
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