Trevithick Day 2015

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Trevithick Day 2015

Post by RichardCoulthurst » Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:09 am

I have just received details of events in and around Merthyr Tydfil this coming Saturday that may be of interest to RCTS members.

Trevithick Day 2015 - 21st February, 2015

Mayor and Mayoress of Merthyr Tydfil arrive at Puddler?s Bridge, Pentrebach to be greeted by Rob Thomson on behalf of Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Regeneration Trust and Merthyr Cycling Club.
Mayor waves off the cyclists to ride down Trevithick Trail to Abercynon end point of ride at the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council depot car park near end of Trevithick Trail and Abercynon Fire Station.
Walkers and family cyclists gather at the Tramroad in Quaker?s Yard and depart for heritage stroll north up the Tramroad to see railway bridges and crossings before returning. The theme for the heritage guided tour walk will be Trevithick v Brunel ? how the work of the pioneering giants of the railway age clashed in the Merthyr Valley / Taff Vale.
Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil greets returning walkers and cyclists back at the starting point on the Tramroad at Quaker?s Yard ? informal.
10.40am ? 10.45am
Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil arrives in Abercynon at end of Trevithick Trail near council depot, fire station and Celtic Carvery in the Navigation Inn.
Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf greets the Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil and the arriving cyclists. (Heritage walkers to make their own way down from Quaker?s Yard if they wish.)
10.45am ? 10.55am
Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf (assisted by Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil) unveils heritage information board outside the Celtic Carvery at the Navigation Inn.
11am onwards
Light refreshments in the Celtic Carvery at the Navigation Inn.
Short walk to Abercynon Railway Station
Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor to unveil the blue plaque to Taff Vale railway worker John Ewington.
John Ewington and the Taff Vale Railway Strike of 1900

John Ewington lived at Abercynon and worked as a signalman for the Taff Vale Railway in 1900. He had been a founder member and secretary of the local branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants. He was dismissed by the company and his dismissal sparked the Taff Vale Strike in 1900. The strike was a battle for union recognition and ended in failure with Ewington?s case effectively sacrificed. The company pursued the union and the resulting court case led to substantial damages.
However this surprising result created a ferment within unions who turned to the Labour Party and agitated for a new law to protect industrial action from claims for damages. The main elements of this law, passed in 1906 are still in place. It was the surge in support from the unions which led to the dramatic rise in the Labour Party's popularity .
On his death in 1935 he was described as ?one of the best known personalities in the locality and ?the pioneer of trade unionism in railway circles.? He was also a prominent figure in the Independent Labour Party.

End of event and farewells.

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