Remembering those that are gone but never forgotten


November 11th  marked the Centenary of the end of the First World War and Film in Afan were proud to play a role in remembering those from the Afan Valley and beyond, who made the ultimate sacrifice during 1914 -18, and those Men and Women involved in conflict all over the world since. 

Community members came out on mass to attend the evening of remembrance and pay their respects. They were joined by Bois Afan Male voice Choir, Britton Ferry Silver Band, B company - 3rd Royal Welsh and staff from Ffilm Cymru Wales.  The evening was also attended and  led by very special guest,  Mr Edward Harris the Deputy Lieutenant of West Glamorgan. 

The evening began with top class entertainment thanks to the dulcet tones of Britton Ferry silver band and an outstanding performance by Bois Afan. The Deputy Lieutenant, a direct representative for the queen then addressed the audience and spoke of the heroism of those that fought in the trenches, and of those that continue to serve on the front line in Afghanistan.  

Mr Harris  also recognised those that are often forgotten about such as the Bevin Boys who worked the Coal faces of the Afan Valley and the Land Girls that left their home comforts to work the land as part of the war effort during the Second World War.  He also stressed the importance of continuing to remember as each generation passes.  

Film in Afan Project Coordinator Matt Roberts commented, "I am proud to have played a role in helping to bring the community together to celebrate this monumental event"

"A huge thanks has to go out to Laurence and the team at the hall, who made the night a success and also to Bois Afan and Britton Ferry Silver Band  who  set the tone for the entire evening""

It was a real honour to have had The Deputy Lieutenant of West Glamorgan in attendance and  this will be something talked about in the community for some time to come"

"I have been extremely privileged to have met many veterans from the Afan Valley  who allowed us to interview them for the short documentary that we screened last night before the main film, 'War Horse'. "

Following the speech given by the Lord Lieutenant and a 3 minute silence,  it was time to premiere a short film made especially for the evening. The film featured many familiar faces from in and around Afan,  both young and old. 

Stephanie Beal from Neath who volunteered to read a poem featured in the short film commented " I was really proud to have played a part in the remembrance night although it was quite nerve racking knowing that I was going to be on the big screen in front of an audience"

She added " I loved seeing War Horse, on the big screen in the hall, it just seemed to be the right choice of film for last night. There were lots of teary faces towards the end including mine"


Mr Holmes

Weds 11th Nov, 2015

Cymmer Afan Library
at 15:00pm & 19:00pm

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