The Council’s annual Rhondda Cynon Taf Festival of Remembrance has been held at the Park & Dare Theatre, with all those present honouring our Armed Forces, past and present, as part of its continued support to personnel at home and overseas.
This year’s Festival of Remembrance coincides with commemorations to mark the end of the First World War and featured The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh, with their Director of Music, Major Denis Burton MBE, along with Treorchy Male Choir. The Master of Ceremonies was John Asquith.
Since hosting the annual event at the Park & Dare Theatre three years ago, the largest audience ever gathered for the Festival of Remembrance. The evening concluded with The Act of Remembrance, incorporating two minute silence and reflection and the falling of the poppies.
Images Of The Night
Royal British Legion branches across Rhondda Cynon Taf were represented on the night, with members and Standard Bearers in attendance. Also present were representatives of HM Armed Forces, Veterans and Civilian Services.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Maureen Webber, said: “Our annual Festival of Remembrance this year was very well attended, with residents showing their support to the Armed Forces Community, past and present, at home and overseas, and the Royal British Legion.
“It was particularly poignant this year especially, as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the global conflict that defined a century.
“The Council remains proud of its strong ties with the Armed Forces community and continues to honour all of the fallen of two world wars and ensuing conflicts, which is why the annual Festival of Remembrance is such an important part of our calendar.
“Each and every one of our servicemen and women show amazing bravery, pride, resolve and selflessness, as well as an overwhelming commitment to duty and pride for their country.
“Those who went to war never returned home to Wales and to their loved ones gave their lives for us, today. We remember them all.”
The Remembrance Service, led by Father Haydn England Simon and Father Philip Leyshon, included the hymns O God Our Help in Ages Past and Cwm Rhondda.
Remembrance Sunday Services and Parades this weekend
The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh travels extensively overseas and appear at military parades home and abroad. They are also favourites at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff at rugby matches.
Treorchy Male Choir, for 130 years, has been recognised as one of the greatest choral ensembles of all time. Early competition victories were followed by regular radio and television broadcasts, feature films and an unequalled number of commercial recordings.
The Choir has given Royal Command Performances, appeared alongside international entertainers and undertaken an enviable number of tours around the world.
All proceeds raised on the night went to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was one of the first local authorities in Wales to establish an Armed Forces Covenant, supporting the Armed Forces community, past and present, and their families.
The Royal British Legion, formed in 1921, unites the four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that were been established after the First World War. Providing a valuable support service for the Armed Force and their families, the first Poppy Appeal was launched in November, 1921.
Remembrance Services will take place all across Rhondda Cynon Taf on Sunday, November 11. Temporary road closures will be in places in order to facilitate the services.
Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2018