My Mother was born in Scotland (Annbank) near Ayr on 02 Sept
1923. She passed away on 17 Mar 2005, and is interned at Cefn
Cemetery with my father. Her father and brothers were Miners and
her mother was a Seamstress.
She moved to Cefn Coed after marrying my father during the
second world war, living in Field Street with her in laws, Bob
and Marry Rogers. Tudor was in the Welsh Guards after serving an
apprenticeship in the mines as an electro engineer.
They moved to the new estate in Vaynor called Trefechan, Linden
Way. Which I was informed of recently at a Merthyr Mendicants
Dinner, by a Mr Phillip Griffiths, they were the first to have
an electric kettle in Trefechan, which was on a stool in the
front room. Mr Griffiths did also mention they were still
waiting for electricity in Field Street at that time.
There were a couple of more moves as the family grew. They moved
to Beechwood Avenue, Trefechan, then finally to Maes -Y- Garreg,
My mother was instrumental in free transport for the children of
Trefechan to go to school in Ysgol Y Graig and also in having a
nursery in Trefechan.
Whilst as a councillor my mother was the chair of the twining
committee with Cliche La Garrene.
As Mayor she re-opened Cyfarthfa Castle Gallery with Rolf
Harris. My mother, her daughter in-law and one of her Grand
daughters were all in period costume.
I was informed, whilst in Norway with the Composite Guards
Battalion, my father sang for the King of Norway. My father was
a choir boy and a campanologist for St Johns Church in Cefn as a
youngster. He also sang for Dowlais Male Voice Choir as a Tenor
for a number of years during their heydays.