24 June, 2019
Blaenavon Town Councillor and Torfaen ward member Cllr Alan Jones is helping repair the damage caused to Blaenavon Heritage Railway by a burglary earlier in the year after arranging a concert featuring the town's most talented singers and musicians.
The concert at the Workmen's Hall on Saturday night attracted a large audience who enjoyed Blaenavon Town Band, Blaenavon Ladies' Choir and Blaenavon Male Voice Choir.
Compered by Torfaen's MP Nick Thomas Symonds, the performance was also attended by very important guests Lord Paul Murphy, High Sheriff of Gwent Dame Claire Clancy, Lynne Neagle AM, Dr Jack Hanbury Tennison, Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council Cllr Anthony Hunt, Deputy leader Cllr Richard Clark, Blaenavon Mayor Cllr Jac Denley Jones and Phil Tiley, Chair of Blaenavon Heritage Railway.
"I was a really happy and emotional man, having arranged the concert to help support Blaenavon Heritage Railway after their burglary last year in which £14,000 was stolen," said Cllr Jones.
"The concert was a fantastic, well attended event and my thanks go to the people who attended and made it a very memorable night. Blaenavon Town Band, Blaenavon Ladies Choir and Blaenavon Male Voice Choir were all magnificent and we are very lucky to have such talented musicians and choristers in our town.
"Also a big thank you to the Workmen's Hall and Blaenavon Heritage Railway volunteers and stewards for managing the event.
"Nick Thomas Symonds, as usual, did a superb job of compering the concert in his home town of Blaenavon.
"Thanks also to Adrian Smith for his fantastic photographs."