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12 May 2014
May Day News Round Up

May Day Photo shoot

with Jeff Griffiths

It was entertainment all round during the May Day bank holiday which included  the Vale of  Neath point to point races held in the picturesque village of Pentreclwydau.


The May Day Bank Holiday Monday Point-to-Point races at Pentreclwydau offered the usual fascinating social mix
which horsey events always seem to attract. People at both ends of the social spectrum can be found rubbing shoulders, even if not mixing overmuch, on such occasions.

Here were the ever familiar Range Rovers and the tweeds, the garish red or orange trousers - which only
the upper echelons seem confident or foolish enough to sport - the expensive jackets and leather boots that distinguish the 'crachach' from the humbler folk
who don't have landed estates and horses to stable.

You suspect that one social group is principally interested in bloodlines and the other in the bookies on these occasions.

But the sun shone, no horse fell - while I was watching at least - the jockeys demonstrated admirable skill and courage, and a good time seemed to have been had by all.

Tally ho, I say, to many more such meets.

The weather stayed dry which brought out large crowds to enjoy the entertainment on show which also included  the Neath steam & Vintage show which was held at Cefn Coed Colliery Museum , showing commercials, tractors, steam engines, and many, more from  a bygone age.

Aberdualais falls had Maypole dancing and entertainment by the Neath ukulele band

I was there to record what was on offer and here is a news round-up of the events that took place - see video below:

Jeff Griffiths


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