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Festival of Remembrance

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s annual Festival of Remembrance Concert has been held at the Park & Dare Theatre, honouring our Armed Forces past and present.

Organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, in association with the Royal British Legion, the 2017 Rhondda Cynon Taf Festival of Remembrance featured The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh, with their Director of Music, Major Denis Burton MBE. The Master of Ceremonies was John Asquith.

The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh travel extensively overseas and at military tattoos home and abroad. They are also favourites at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff at rugby matches.

Their repertoire at the Festival of Remembrance Concert 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 Singalong featuring songs of yesteryear.

All proceeds raised on the night go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Margaret Tegg, said:

The annual Festival of Remembrance Concert allows residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf 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.”

The Royal British Legion, formed in 1921, unites the four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had 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 now take place all across Rhondda Cynon Taf on Sunday, November 12. Temporary road closures will be in places in order to facilitate the services.