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Pontypridd Armistice Day Parade and Service 1952 and Coronation Festivities 1953

‘The Brave Don’t Cry’ shouts a poster advertising a film of the title, as Pontypridd citizens march past, commemorating the dead of WW1 and II. By contrast, the Coronation is fun.

Amateur film 1952 30 mins Silent

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Commemoration and celebration. Pontypridd remembers the dead of two world wars with a parade/service with the band of the 5th Battalion The Welch Regiment (Territorial Army) and the unveiling of a WWII plaque on the town’s WW1 memorial. Coronation celebrations call for formality and fun and Pontypridd rises to the challenge with a 21 Gun Salute, a carnival with fancy dress procession, fun races, tug-of-war, jazz bands/majorettes and the lighting of Coronation beacons.

Shot by amateur film-maker, motor-cycle enthusiast and member of Cardiff Ciné Society, Evan Morgan of Pontypridd. The original memorial commemorating servicemen slaughtered in WW1 and WWII gave no names but in 2011 a Roll of Honour was unveiled in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd, listing the actual names of all the servicemen from Pontypridd who died in the two world wars and subsequent wars.