Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor met some of our county borough’s youngest residents and had an opportunity to remember those who fought for freedom, during the civic week of June 22-28, 2014.
Mayor Cllr John Watts greeted young children and their families enjoying a day out at the fun-packed Teddy Bears’ Picnic in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park on Friday, June 27.
Packed with activities and entertainment for younger children, the annual event organised by the Council’s Early Years and Family Information Service had a Commonwealth Games theme. It was officially opened by Mayor Cllr John Watts.
Later that day, Cllr Watts was among those who attended the Royal British Legion service held at the War Memorial on The Common, Pontypridd, attended by guests from the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which was liberated 70 years ago by the 53rd Welsh Division.
Cyclists from the city transported a liberty flame from Holland to Wales, making an incredible 600-kilometre journey, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation.
The liberty flame was placed at the War Memorial on The Common. Cllr Watts said: “This flame represents our strong partnership with the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the unique role Welsh troops played in its history.”
Earlier in the week, Cllr Watts presented the prize to the overall winner at the Love Where you Live Awards (Tuesday, June 24). Organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, the Awards honour all the ‘green-minded’ people who do their bit for the environment and for their community.
On Thursday, June 26, Cllr Watts was delighted to unveil a Blue Plaque dedicated to Edwin Greening at Green Street Chapel, Aberdare.
Some wonderful live shows were staged during the week and Cllr Watts was a guest at these. He attended Treorchy Comprehensive School’s dazzling Dance Back to Broadway Show at The Parc and Dare Theatre (Thursday, June 26) and the Grand Three Choirs s’Hertogenbosch concert at Llantrisant Leisure Centre (Fri, June 27).
He was also in the audience when Abercynon Male Voice Choir raised the roof at their 44th annual concert in St Donat’s Church, Abercynon (Sat, June 28).
Cllr Watts started his week by officially opening the newly-refurbished Abercynon Community Centre in Station Road, on Monday, June 23.
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