Concert held to remember those who gave their lives
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