Côr Mebion Colwyn had the pleasure of singing on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show as it broadcast live from Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay. The Parc was hosting the Olympic Torch as it journeyed through North Wales. It was a glorious hot summers day and the Parc was packed with 3000 plus local schoolchildren all enjoying the atmosphere as the torch was paraded around the stadium as it arrived before lunch and as it set off again afterwards. The radio team, producer Tim Collins and of course Jeremy Vine himself were very friendly and brilliant to work with. The choir sang two songs Anthem Geltaidd and O Gymru. The featured picture is of the choir, our Musical Director Aled Wyn Edwards, Accompanists Richard Hibbs and Mary Darling and of course Jeremy Vine.
We also had the opportunity of having our picture taken with the torch, luckily it stood still long enough as otherwise we would have struggled to keep up with it. The choir was pictured with Anna Williams. Torchbearer Anna Williams was born in Sweden and she moved to Wales in 1987 where she has since learnt to speak Welsh. Anna has recently completed the Snowdon 14 Peak challenge along with her 17 year old daughter, where they raised £500 for charity. In 2004, Anna became volunteer leader of an award winning wildlife club for local children. Her Wildlife Gardening competition, which is held annually, encourages people to make room for wildlife in their gardens, and funding she has received allows over 150 schools to create gardens with the help of parents, staff and pupils.
Also at Parc Eirias was Elin Haf Davies who had ran with the torch the previous day so we also took the opportunity to have our picture taken with her. Elin grew up in the small village of Parc by Bala Lake and from an early age wanted to be a children’s nurse and did her training at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. For charity Elin rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2007 before which she had never rowed or been out to sea. Fourteen months later as part of crew of four rowed the Indian Ocean the first all female crew to do so. More people have been to space than have rowed and ocean let alone two. Over the years she has raised over £250,000 for her chosen children’s charities. More info on her Website www.nurseelin.co.uk