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Mayor Enjoys Best of RCT!

The very best of RCT was celebrated by Mayor Cllr John Watts this week, as he enjoyed show-stopping cultural performances in an iconic theatre, heartwarming charity support and a visit to a unique tourism attraction where all the stars gather! Enjoy the picture special.

Taking centre stage this week were talented pupils from Treorchy Comprehensive School who put on a stunning performance of classic musical Singin’ In The Rain at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s beautiful Park and Dare Theatre.

Cllr Watts was so impressed by the musical, , he has personally written to the school congratulating pupils – and invited them to the Mayor’s Parlour in the Municipal Buildings, Pontypridd, so he can find out more about their performances and plans for the future.

Treorchy Comprehensive is fast securing a reputation for its show-stopping productions at the 100-year-old theatre, with which it has a strong and proud relationship.

As well as using it as a venue for their own sell-out events, pupils, staff and parents from the school are strong supporters of the Park and Dare and attend its calendar of events which, this season, include Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev and Only Men Aloud.

After this local curtain raiser, it was time for Cllr Watts to enjoy another standing ovation, this time for the organisation of the RCT Festival of Remembrance concert, which was held at the Council’s Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad, last November in aid of the Royal British Legion, to honour service men and women past and present and commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

 The event raised a staggering £2,187 which will be donated to the Royal British Legion as part of this year’s Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

The Mayor is also supporting Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT) and the Rhondda Appeal in aid of Boys’ and Girls’ clubs in the county borough for his year in office.

To round off a busy and enjoyable week, Mayor Cllr Watts visited a very unique Welsh tourism attraction, which is based right here in the heart of RCT and celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

As a special birthday treat, the Grogg Shop of Treforest have gone on tour across Wales with the Torch Theatre Company’s inspiring production of Grav, a one-man show based on the life of quite-possibly the most famous and well-loved rugby player in Wales, Ray Gravell.

The “Grav Grogg” , which remains one of the best-sellers of all time in the Grogg Shop, has a starring role in each of the performances of Grav. Already a huge success in Llanelli, Abertillary, Neath and Milford Haven, Grav can be enjoyed by people in RCT when it arrives at the Park and Dare in Treorchy on Wednesday, February 25.

They say you haven’t truly made it as a superstar until you have been immortalized as a Grogg by the world-famous Grogg Shop in Broadway, as Mayor Cllr Watts found out when he visited the attraction, meeting owners the Hughes family.

The eye-catching, unique Groggs are hand-made on site in the shop on The Broadway and capture the essence of Welsh superstars from Sir Tom Jones to Gareth Edwards, as well as international heroes such as Elvis, Del Boy and John Wayne.

As well as the celebrity range, many people treasure their Groggs which capture and celebrate the proud cultural, industrial and sporting tradition of Wales – such as dragons, miners, sheep, singers, choirs and even entire teams of Grand Slam-winning rugby players!

Many a mantelpiece is adorned with one or more of these one-of-a-kind pottery creations, which are collectors’ pieces the world over – even some of the stars who will remain immortal forever as Groggs have their own likenesses in their homes.

Mayor Cllr Watts said: “It has been another whirlwind week as the First Citizen of Rhondda Cynon Taf and I couldn’t ask for a better job, recognising and celebrating all of the hard work, innovation and kindness happening across the County Borough.

“Singin’ In The Rain was one of the best shows I have ever seen, I was so impressed by the talent and hard work of the pupils and I know they are but a few of the many young people across RCT who are excelling in performing arts.

“Success in performances was a theme of the week as I very gratefully received a cheque for over £2,000 for the Royal British Legion, raised at the Remembrance Concert which was a fitting and moving tribute to servicemen and women past and present.

“This money will, through the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, support the outstanding work of the Royal British Legion in RCT and beyond, assisting those who have served their country through initiatives such as the Combat Stress counseling sessions I am proud to host in the Municipal Buildings.

“The week also included a lighter highlight thanks to a hugely-enjoyable visit to the Grogg Shop, which is a unique Welsh attraction here in RCT. We are proud to be the home of this successful family business which has captured and immortalised Welsh culture and celebrity in such an innovative way.

“Groggs are currently on the road with the incredible Grav production, which I cannot wait to welcome to RCT next week.”



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