The band will help celebrate the life and work of Tredegar’s most famous son this weekend, when they will perform a free open air afternoon concert at the Aneurin Bevan Day in Bedwellty Park in the town (Sunday 2nd July at 3.00pm).
Great political figure
Bevan was born in 1897 and went onto become one of the greatest political figures of the 20th century - responsible for the creation of the National Health Service in 1948, which he modelled on Tredegar’s own Medical Aid Society. He was the MP for the town for 31 years before his death in July 1960.
Each year the band performs a Sunday afternoon concert on the wonderful Victorian bandstand in the Bedwellty Park grounds – with records showing that they had their picture taken in front of it over 100 years ago
Each year the band performs a Sunday afternoon concert on the wonderful Victorian bandstand in the Bedwellty Park grounds – with records showing that they had their picture taken in front of it over 100 years ago (below).
Original music found
Recent research has also unearthed concert programmes from both 1946 and 1947 – the latter including the curiously titled march ‘Defence and not Defiance’ and something for young lovers listening in the audience called ‘Sweethearts of Yesterday’ by Henry Hall.
The band was conducted on both occasion by the remarkable Con Buckley - father of Band President and former principal cornet player Brian Buckley.
This year the band will be conducted by MD Ian Porthouse, and it’s hoped that a couple of these historic items will be located in the band library to perform once again.
The day will also see a number of other attractions with stalls and displays by local associations and charities, whilst the house itself contains a fantastic array of pictures and the council chamber where Bevan once sat as a local councillor.
Concert: Sunday 2nd July 3.00pm at Bedwellty Park, Tredegar