Ynysangharad War Memorial Park's place as a memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country has been protected in perpetuity.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has successfully applied for the Pontypridd park to be dedicated Centenary Field, as part of a national campaign involving the Royal British Legion and Fields in Trust.
A deed will be signed, reaffirming the park's position as a War Memorial for the people of Pontypridd and beyond and further strengthening the protection it will be afforded for future generations.
The Centenary Field status will also underpin the Council's ongoing Armed Forces Covenant, which is dedicated to supporting serving and retired Armed Forces Personnel and their families.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion, unveiled the Centenary Fields plaque and said: "The Centenary Fields status and plaque is a sign of our commitment to the importance of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park as a place where we can all come and remember and pay our respects.
"It also underpins our continued commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, providing support for serving and retired members of the Armed Forces Community and their families.
"Unveiling the plaque at the entrance to the Walk of Remembrance marked the start of a weekend I was proud to be part of. Over 1,000 people of all ages attended the park on Sunday for a Remembrance Service and Parade.
"The installation of ceramic poppies, created by schoolchildren and visitors to the park in the last few months, looked absolutely stunning. Over 350 people were involved in creating 900 poppies, each of which was painstakingly positioned by 20 volunteers in the run up to Armistice Day.
"We were also pleased to have been able to repair or replace the Soldier Silhouettes, each of which represents a man or woman from Rhondda Cynon Taf who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War One, so they stood proud in the park also.
"Special thanks to Carl Flood, who was so moved when he heard about the damage to the Soldier Silhouettes he made two installations for us. Also many thanks to the Friends of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, including the chair Rosalyn Pett-Chicken, for their hard work."
"Ynysangharad War Memorial Park truly is a place to reflect and remember, thanks to our community."
The Centenary Fields is a UK wide programme launched in 2014 by Fields in Trust President HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Working in partnership with The Royal British Legion the programme aims to protect parks, playing fields and other recreational spaces in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions who lost their lives in World War I.
By dedicating land through the Centenary Fields programme Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has ensured that valuable green space is protected as a living remembrance to those who fought and lost their lives in World War I. This dedication, one of 30 throughout Wales, is aligned with the spirit of the Armed Forces Covenant and will be recognised by the community as a clear commitment to the importance of these spaces now and in the future.
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd is a Grade II listed park is home to the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, a range of sports facilities as well as the Pontypridd Roll of Honour. The roll of honour consists of the names of those from within the former Pontypridd Urban District and current Town Council boundaries who died serving in the World Wars and subsequent conflicts.
The council also worked in partnership with Hirwaun and Penderyn Community Council to dedicate Yr Eithin, Penderyn and Y Cefndon, Hirwaun as Centenary Field sites.
Posted on Tuesday 20th November 2018