Con­cert held to re­mem­ber those who gave their lives

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

AN an­nual Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance con­cert was held at the week­end, and fea­tured acts from a Dutch male choir to a fa­mous Welsh mil­i­tary band.

Rhondda Cynon Taff’s an­nual Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance was held at the Park and Dare The­atre in Tre­orchy, and hon­oured our Armed Forces past and present.

It took place on Sun­day, and among its main at­trac­tions were the Reg­i­men­tal Band of the Royal Welsh, which trav­els ex­ten­sively over­seas and at mil­i­tary tat­toos home and abroad.

They are also favourites at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium in Cardiff at rugby matches. Their reper­toire in­cluded Fan­fare for a Fes­ti­val, 49th Par­al­lel and Reg­i­men­tal March.

Also per­form­ing on the night was Dutch male choir Urker Zangers, which was founded in 1968 and is cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary.

They per­formed a mixed pro­gramme, which in­cluded a col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Reg­i­men­tal Band of the Royal Welsh.

The pro­gramme also in­cluded a com­mu­nity sing-a-long, fea­tur­ing songs of yes­ter­year.

All pro­ceeds from the night will go to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Poppy Ap­peal.

Rhondda Cynon Taff Mayor, Coun Mar­garet Tegg, said: “The an­nual Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance Con­cert al­lows res­i­dents of Rhondda Cynon Taff the op­por­tu­nity to show their sup­port for the Armed Forces Com­mu­nity, past and present, and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

“Each year we wear our pop­pies with great pride as a mark of re­spect and to give thanks to all of those cur­rently or have pre­vi­ously served in our Armed Forces at home and over­seas. We also hon­our all of the fallen and two world wars and en­su­ing con­flicts.

“All of these ser­vice­men and women showed amaz­ing brav­ery, pride, re­solve and self­less­ness, as well as an over­whelm­ing com­mit­ment to duty and pride for their coun­try. Those who never re­turned home to Wales and their loved ones gave their lives for us to­day.”

Re­mem­brance Ser­vices will now take place all across Rhondda Cynon Taff on Sun­day, Novem­ber 12, when tem­po­rary road clo­sures will be in places in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the ser­vices.

As well as that, events in the Rhondda Val­ley this week in­clude a re­mem­brance cof­fee af­ter­noon on Novem­ber 9 at 1pm at Ty Porth Care Home on Ceme­tery Road, Porth.

The af­ter­noon will be an in­for­mal chat for res­i­dents to re­mem­ber those who fought and lost their lives in the war.

A mem­ber from the RAF and the army will also be at­tend­ing.

The an­nual Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance con­cert was held at the week­end in Tre­orchy

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