Bridgend county borough to commemorate war heroes

This Sunday will see thousands of people across Bridgend county borough united as they pay their respects and remember those serving in the armed forces.

Remembrance parades and services will be held in Bridgend, Porthcawl, Maesteg, Caerau and Aberkenfig – made all the more poignant this year as the nation commemorates the centenary of the First World War.

The biggest remembrance event will be held in Bridgend town centre with a remembrance parade starting at 10.40am outside the Civic Offices on Angel Street, moving on to the cenotaph for a service. There will be a rolling road closure at Angel Street during the time of the parade.

In Porthcawl, the service will be held at All Saints Church on Victoria Avenue at 10.30am; in Maesteg – the service takes place at St Michael’s Church at 9:30am, followed by a procession to the cenotaph; in Caerau the service takes place at St Cynfelyn Church at 9.45am, followed by a procession to the cenotaph; and in Aberkenfig there will be a service of remembrance in Aberkenfig Square at 10.45am and after in St John’s Church.

The evening before Remembrance Sunday celebrations, the Mayor’s Poppy Appeal Gala Concert will be staged at the Sony Theatre in Bridgend.

Hosted by the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, and organised by Councillor David White, Major Wayne Morgan and local resident Delyth Owen, the show will commemorate the centenary of World War One with artists including the Bridgend Male Voice Choir, Bridgend Castle Players, Pencoed Silver Band, 1092 Sqn Air Cadets, solo classical singers taking part.

Swansea-born actor Richard Mylan, who is currently starring in the BBC 1 drama Waterloo Road as Deputy Head Simon Lowsley, will also appear at the concert, reading a letter from the trenches.

Tickets for the concert on Saturday evening at 7pm are priced £7.50 and are on sale at various outlets in Bridgend town centre including Candy Shack, Ella Riley Sweet Shop, Beth Daniel Hairdresser and Top’s Associates Hairdresser. All proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion.

The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Councillor Gary Thomas, said: “It gives me great pleasure to be involved with this event which will provide a fitting tribute to our war heroes as part of our local community’s efforts to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.”

Councillor David White added: “What a wonderful way to express public support for members of the armed forces, both past and present, that we have here in Bridgend county borough. I would encourage as many members of the public to join us for this spectacular show.”

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