Tuesday, January 03, 2006


100 years of local Labour Party history - your chance to play a part

February 2006 will mark the centenary of the formation of the Labour Party. The Aberavon Constituency Labour Party are planning to celebrate the anniversary by holding a week long public exhibition and compiling an in-depth written history of the local party.

They are asking residents to help them by digging out any old newspaper cuttings, photographs, or election leaflets that they may have that tell the story of the Labour Party in the constituency over the past 100 years.

Dr Hywel Francis MP said,

“Following the 1906 General Election, the Labour Representation Committee, as it was then known, was transformed into a real parliamentary force with 29 MPs. To mark the occasion, the group was renamed the Labour Party, as it has remained to this day.”

“We are looking for the stories of the men and women who set up local Labour Party organisations, put up candidates, fought and won local council seats, sat on Boards and governing bodies, campaigned, recruited and knocked on doors.”

“The 1906 Centenary gives us a chance to celebrate and reflect upon the people and events from the past. For a hundred years, Labour Party members in the Aberavon Constituency have dedicated their lives to making things better for their fellow citizens.”

“Their stories are not just an important part of the Labour Party’s history but also the histories of local communities stretching from Briton Ferry to Margam, from Aberavon to Cymmer.”

Anyone with material that they think would be of assistance are asked to contact Anthony Taylor, Aberavon Constituency Labour Party Campaigns Co-ordinator, by phone on 01639 885840 / 07920 111869, via e-mail: aberavonlabour@yahoo.co.uk or in writing at 13 Brook Street, Taibach, Port Talbot, SA13 1TG.

Monday, January 02, 2006


Business Club Charity Lunch to feature Roy Noble OBE

Radio Wales presenter Roy Noble OBE is teaming up with the Aberavon Constituency Labour Party to raise funds for charity on Friday, 20 January 2006.

Roy will be the guest speaker at a Business Club Lunch taking place at the Towers Hotel, Jersey Marine at 1pm. Tickets cost £15 each or £150 for a table of ten with the proceeds from the ticket sales going to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. All local businesses and individuals are welcome to attend.

Bryn & Cwmafan Labour Councillor Marian Lewis, who is organising the event, said,

“We are very lucky to have attracted a speaker of the calibre of Roy Noble, who is very much sought after for this sort of event. He has presented a daily show on Radio Wales for a number of years as well as hosting a number of television programmes and has virtually become a household name in Wales.”

“He will be telling us his secrets from his upbringing in the Amman Valley, through his early career in education as a teacher, all the way up to his present day status as one of the most recognisable personalities in Welsh broadcasting.”

“This lunch is a chance for local businesspeople to be thoroughly entertained and at the same time raise some much needed funds for as worthwhile a cause as the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The money will go towards research into treating and curing a condition that affects many families across the constituency.”

Tickets are available from Councillor Lewis who can be contacted on 01639 632324 or via e-mail on

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