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Ebbw Vale Journey

News / View & Listen - Posted 05-08-2010

Eisteddfod 1958 screeningYesterday I had a very long, but worthwhile and inspirational day, at the National Eisteddfod, which this year is being held at Ebbw Vale.

The National Eisteddfod is one of the most important, if not the most important, cultural engagement in our calendar, and each year NSSAW takes part in a number of events on the Eisteddfod field, mainly on the National Library stand.

This year we have on display some very interesting pearls from past eisteddfodau, and one gleaming gem, a film depicting the last eisteddfod to be held in Ebbw Vale. The 1958 event was rather special, as it was visited by Aneurin Bevan and Paul Robeson, who spoke from the podium.

Our special screening of the 1958 film was introduced by local historian Frank Olding, and we had the great pleasure of receiving Susan Robeson, grandaughter of the great man, as our special guest.

She was very interested to hear of any film material of her grandfather dating from his visit in 1958 had survived.

If you know of any such material, please let us know!

In the picture – Susan Robeson, Frank Olding, Iola Baines and Anwen Pari Jones.

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