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The Bi-Centenary Celebrations of Richard Trevithick Merthyr Tydfil

Saturday 21st February 2004

Ken Trevithick at the Bi Centenary celebration to commemorate the running of the first railway locomotive "Penydarren" between Merthyr Tydfil & Abercynon on 21st February 1804. Ken's 3x gt grandfather was the cousin of Richard Trevithick. The lorry with the Trevithick awning was situated in the station car park

Saturday 21st February 2004 had celebrations both in Merthyr Tydfil and Abercynon. A plinth of Penydarren was rededicated at Morlais Castle and two memorials were unveiled in Tesco's car park which was on the original site of Merthyr Railway Station. The superstore TESCO had sponsored the two memorials, one of which was on the car park perimeter wall and the other at the entrance to the Beacon Way Arcade.

The GFHS was well represented with  by the Chairman, Editor, members of the Merthyr branch and in particular Phil Witcombe who dressed up as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who  built the Railway Station at Merthyr in 1853, especially for the occasion.  (Phil Witcombe is GFHS Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Merthyr branch)

Re-dedication of the monument at Pontmorlais GFHS members with "Isombard Kindom Brunel"

GFHS members L-R were Mary Watkins, Jean Jones, Phil Witcombe Susanne Witcombe, Roy Measday, Alun Jones, Leyton Jones and Ian Hopkins.

"Mural" on the car park perimeter wall

Phil with GFHS Chairman Roy Measday


Ken Trevithick showing his family tree Phil Witcombe with Ken Trevithick

On the other side of the car park the pictorial memorial which was dedicated by Television and Stage personality Phillip Madoc.

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Chairman Roy Measday - Philip Madoc & Phil Witcombe share a joke

First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM with "Brunel" and Councillor  Leon Stansfield

It's them again Phillip Madoc Heather Measday

 with Phillip Madoc

Back to the 21st century  time for a nice "cuppa" tea - Phillip Witcombe