New av­enue to ex­plore Grav’s per­son­al­ity

Carmarthen Journal - - News -

RAY Grav­ell was a one-off char­ac­ter who be­came a leg­end in his own life­time.

Much has al­ready been writ­ten about Ray and the lat­est is The Sto­ries of Grav com­piled by the tenor Rhys Meirion that will be launched in Neuadd Pon­ty­berem on Fri­day, No­vem­ber 9, at 7pm.

Ray was a man that stood out from the crowd and his war­rior-like fig­ure en­hanced his rep­u­ta­tion both when he played and later dur­ing his act­ing and broad­cast­ing days.

Ray, who played on 23 oc­ca­sions for Wales, had a long ca­reer with the Scar­lets and cap­tained the club be­tween 1980-1982. He was a mem- ber of the team that beat the New Zealand All Blacks play­ing in the cen­tre with an­other ex-Car­marthen Gram­mar School boy Roy Bergiers. He also played for the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions in South Africa dur­ing the 1980 tour.

His un­timely death left a chasm, but the mem­o­ries of his larger than life per­son­al­ity lives on and has found a new av­enue in Rhys Meirion’s book that will be launched in Pon­ty­berem. The book will also be recorded by Llyfrau Lla­far Cymru/ Talk­ing Books Wales for peo­ple who are blind or par­tially sighted.

Fol­low­ing the launch there will be a con­cert fea­tur­ing Rhys, Elin Fflur, Aled Wyn Davies and Theatr, Ieuenc­tid Men­ter Cwm Gwen­draeth Elli.

It is a line-up to grace any theatre and it is ex­pected that the de­mand for tick­ets will be ex­cep­tion­ally high.

The night is spon­sored by Castell How­ell and will start at 7.00.

Tick­ets are £15 and £5 for chil­dren. Out­lets in­clude: Neuadd Pon­ty­berem 01269871075; Men­ter Cwm Gwen­draeth Elli 01269871600; Swyddfa Llyfrau Lla­far Cymru 01267238225; Siop y Pen­tan Caerfyrd­din 01267235044; Mansel Thomas 01554890172; Any mem­ber of Llyfrau Lla­far/Talk­ing Books Wales Com­mit­tee.

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