News and Events
What do they put in the water in Tredegar?
That's what everyone is asking as we celebrate the victories of
our own Mark Colbourne as he brings home Gold and two Silver medals
from the London 2012 Paralympic Games!
To mark the occasion there is now a Gold postbox outside the
Post Office in Commercial Street. Councillor Andrew Cotton, Mayor
of Tredegar, was one of many people who wanted to join in with the
excitement of a victory for another outstanding ambassador of our
Tredegar plans 'true hero' welcome for golden boy Mark,
Saturday 29th September 2012
Tredegar born, Mark Colbourne will be welcomed home on Saturday,
29 September with a special celebratory event throughout his home
town. The home-coming ceremony, organised by Tredegar Town Council
will start at 11am from the Bevan Memorial Stones and will give
local residents and other visitors the chance to see the
Paralympian as he is carried in an open top bus throughout the
A full itinerary follows, and will include iconic sights such as
Tredegar Town Clock and the newly painted Royal Mail 'Golden'
Postbox, awarded following the Paracyclists success; winning gold
and silver medals at the Paralympic games. The Royal Mail is
issuing stamps for all gold medal-winning Paralympians and Mark is
the third member of ParalympicsGB to appear on one. The stamps will
be on display at Bedwellty House at a later date.
The route is : Saturday, September 29 at 11am - Open top
bus departs from the Bevan Memorial Stones. Mark will be carried in
an open top bus down Beaufort Road to the bypass, along the bypass
to the Crown roundabout, down through Ashvale and Sycamore Avenue
and on through Stockton Way (the Dram Road). There will then be a
loop of the one way system through the underpass at Gwent Shopping
Centre, along Commercial Street with a photo stop at the Golden
Postbox. The bus will park in the bus stop in front of Lidl. Then
there will be another trip through the underpass to the Town Clock,
on to Park Place roundabout and then to the Bandstand for a warm
welcome, approximately 12pm (timings are variable depending on
The Leader for Tredegar Town Council Malcolm Cross said:
"It's great that we can now let the rest of Tredegar know the
home-coming plans that we've had in place for Mark. He is a
fantastic role model and deserves recognition for his breathtaking
performances at the Games."
Alun Davies AM praised the Paralympian, commenting: "What Mark has
achieved is an inspiration to all of us.I call on everyone who can,
to try and make it to the home-coming event, to show how proud we
are," said Mr Davies.
He added: "Mark's extraordinary achievements, have focused the
sporting World's attention on our community and will undoubtedly
inspire a future generation of able bodied and non-abled bodied
sporting champions. I sincerely hope that the incredible skill and
sportsmanship shown by our Paralympians and Olympians receives the
recognition they truly deserve by appearing on the forthcoming
Mark was badly injured at Rhossili on the Gower, in a paragliding
accident in May 2009. He was left with a broken back and lower leg
paralysis after his paraglider fell to the ground from around 40ft
"It is my previlige that I return home to Tredegar with my
winning medals from London 2012 Paralympics.
I knew before I went to the games that the whole of Wales were
behind me due to the epic journey that I've encountered to get to
London, plus, all of my special friends and loving family.
It really does make me so proud to have such a great amount of
support from the local community and I hope I did them proud with
my efforts and achievements.
Coming home to Wales is always a great feeling of joy and such a
happy occasion for me, however, to see everyone celebrate my
success next week will give me such a buzz that will certainly stay
with me for years to come."
For further details please contact Christine Keane, Tredegar
Town Clerk on 01495 722 352
Saturday 29 September 2012
Sports hero granted Freedom of the Town!
Gold and double silver medallist, Paracyclist Mark Colbourne was
given a rapturous welcome home today during a special celebratory
event throughout his home town of Tredegar. The Homecoming
ceremony, organised by Tredegar Town Council, was quickly drawn
together as soon as Mark let us know when he would be coming home,
finally giving local residents and other well wishes the chance to
see the Paralympian as he was carried in an open top bus throughout
the town. Crowds of people lined the streets, many waving flags to
show their support for him.
To recognise this momentous occasion, Mark was awarded the
Freedom of the Town presented by Tredegar Town Council. This honour
is awarded on rare and special occasions and Mark will become only
the third person to have received this highly prestigious
The parade gathered in the grounds of the newly renovated
Bedwellty Park where they were welcomed by the sound of Tredegar
Orpheus Male Voice Choir, before Tredegar Town Mayor, Councillor
Andrew Cotton, presented a scroll to Mark Colbourne, who was
thrilled to accept the honour.
The ceremony was witnessed by special guests including his family
Tredegar Town Mayor, Andrew Cotton thanked everyone that 'came
out in their droves to show their support for Mark' and commended
the Paralympian on his 'tremendous achievement'. Adding: "This is
an historic occasion which was received with enthusiasm and pride
and it will live on in the memories of many people in Tredegar for
years to come."
Mark was badly injured in the Gower, Swansea, in a paragliding
accident in May 2009.
Tredegar Town Council would like to extend their thanks to The
Bath Bus Company for generously donating their Cardiff Open Top Bus
which is usually found touring the City; Claire Ackling, formerly
of British Cycling, we wish her success in the future; Christina
Kelkel of JAC Sport; Gwent Police for their help and support; St
John Ambulance (Tredegar) who always support our events - we
couldn't do it without them! Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir,
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council - for their help, support and
advice especially Tredegar Leisure Centre for the bunting and
Cardiff City Council for the rest of it! 2167 Squadron ATC
(Tredegar) who always support Town Council events and the Scouts,
Cubs and Beavers who formed the honour guard for Mark. Our thanks
too to all the staff at Bedwellty House and Park, shop keepers and
people across the Town for decorating their windows. Finally to
everyone who has volunteered to steward throughout the route -
members of local groups and organisations who have taken part and
to the Members and Borough Members of Tredegar Town council who
have so generously given up so much of their free time to organise
and steward what was a wonderful event!
Click here to read
Mark's thank you letter.
Mark Colbourne - Tredegar Town Council wishes
to congratulate Mark on his recent award of an MBE in the Queen's
New Years Honours List. He is a true ambassador for Tredegar and
Wales, well done Mark.