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The project involved refurbishment of the area which was once the site of Daniel Protheroe’s birthplace (6 Gough Buildings as it was then known) and the construction of a memorial in the Park’s centre to which is attached four commemorative plaques. The coloured, bilingual plaques outline the achievements of locally born composers and poets Daniel Protheroe, (1866-1934) conductor and composer; John Thomas Rees, (1857-1949) conductor and composer; Thomas Levi, (1825-1916) minister and publisher and Gwilym ap Leyshon, (1863-1925) poet and minister. Two benches and raised flower beds were also incorporated into the project. The commemorative plaques, located at the former site, presented to the town in 1999 by the American Welsh Society and the original white marble plaque unveiled on his former home during the National Eisteddfod in Ystradgynlais in 1954 were incorporated into the brick feature at the rear of the Park. The new commemorative plaque was unveiled by Mrs. Hannah Protheroe- Griffiths the grand niece of Daniel Protheroe – a resident of Ystradgynlais.







The event was attended by the Voices of the Valley Choir, from Valley View High School, Scranton U.S.A. (the town where Daniel Protheroe emigrated to in and the town in which he is buried). Members from two local choirs Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe and Côr y Gyrlais  also performed at the event. The three choirs sang a selection of Daniel Protheroe’s compositions to the delight of the hundreds who attended the event.


Arwel Michael, Chairman of the Ystradgynlais District Heritage and Language Society along

with Cllr. Meurig Evans, Chairman of Ystradgynlais Town Council believe that the improved

facility will benefit the people living in the area. Thanks were also expressed to the local volunteer group Blodau who planted up the raised flower beds to enhance the Park’s features

A large number of members of the community attended the unveiling of the Daniel Protheroe memorial at the newly refurbished Daniel Protheroe Memorial Park, Rhestr Fawr , Ystradgynlais  on a beautifully sunny afternoon on Saturday 1st July 1st July as part of the village’s ‘Buskagynlais’ festival.


The newly refurbished park was a joint project between the Ystradgynlais Town Council and the Ystradgynlais Heritage Society and was funded by both groups with grant aid provided by WREN - a not for profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

UNVEILING OF A MEMORIAL AT THE REFURBISHED DANIEL PROTHEROE PARK

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