25 August 2014
It's over the hill but not too far away and Pontardawe was the place to be when its Summer Festival took place over the weekend of 16 -17th August. There was Scottish dancing, clog dancing and groups galore playing in the streets and in the pubs. And when the beer and belly dancing got too much one could escape to the quiet spirituality of Llangiwg church and Gellionen chapel, both on hilltop locations outside the town. No lover of history and sacred spaces should miss making a pilgrimage to these two special places.
In the town itself too was a commemorative exhibition on the First World War and a spectacular flower festival in St Peter's, known as the 'Cathedral of the Swansea Valley' for its imposing presence and soaring tower. The successor to its renowned international folk festival, the Pontardawe Summer Festival was blessed with fine weather and large and appreciative crowds. Full marks to all those who organised this event which revealed the depths of local talent and pride we have in our local communities.