24th April, 1953
The journey to the London eisteddfod
The party left on Friday afternoon and the trip proved most enjoyable.
A watchful eye was kept on the boys by doorkeepers William John
and Sam, and woe betide any one who showed a tendency to stray
from the "narrow path" for he was soon shepherded back
to the fold. In this respect they were assisted by members of
the ladies' auxiliary who came along to cheer the party on the
road to victory and at the same time keep a watchful eye on their
A stop for supper was made at Witney, Oxfordshire, and here the
townsfolk were taken aback by what they deemed was an apparition
which turned out to be one of the ubiquitous "Dai's"
in the party who, having adorned himself with a wig of unkempt
hair, a false nose and specs addressed all and sundry in a weird
dialect he had picked up somewhere on one of his previous travels.
Such clowning, and of course some singing whiled away the,journey
to the metropolis.
It was at Witney that one John, a member of the down bass section,
demonstrated his ability to nose out good cafes, and the manageress
and waitresses of a local hostelry found his charming manner
so irresistible that they quickly provided the party with a satisfying
While it was day the beauties of the lovely countryside were
admired and appreciated, and when the outskirts of the city were
reached the more notable landmarks were pointed out by those
who knew the route.
24th & 25th April 1953
The Choir's unique accommodation in London
Having failed to secure hotel
accommodation for the party as a whole, arrangements were made
for them to stay at the Clapham deep shelters. Here was a new
experience for most of the members and there was much amusement
at the way in which some sought to adapt themselves to the prevailing
conditions. Tasteful light refreshments were served at a canteen
in the shelter; the only drawback being that husbands and wives
had to part as the ladies were accommodated in a separate dormitory.
There were touching scenes at the parting.
Emlyn Morgan &
|A wholesome breakfast was
served in the shelter and enjoyed by all as husbands and wives
had now been reunited, and if the first night was a trifle hectic
to the dwellers in the deep, the company slept like innocent
babes on Saturday night after having at the request of the shelter
and canteen attendants and others staying there, sung a few songs
and hymns. It will be many a day before the members of the party
forget the intense pleasure their singing gave to one coloured
boy and the amusing efforts of Doorkeeper William John to teach
him Welsh words and phrases.
morning and afternoon were spent in sight-seeing and shopping
or doing a show. On Sunday morning a large number proceeded to
the famed Petticoat Lane while others sought quieter haunts.
The journey home started from near the Marble Arch at 3.00 p.m.
and most of the party were in their homes by 11.30 thoroughly
pleased with themselves. Thus terminated a truly memorable occasion.
The members were appreciative of the guidance given by a member
who had resided for some years in London, and of the courtesy
of the bus drivers which was also a factor contributing to the
victory. The smoothness with which the arrangements for the trip
worked out was a tribute to the secretaries.
25th April 1953
The Competition: "Young conductor's triumph"
Mr. Emlyn Morgan led the
Ystradgynlais and District Male Choir to another splendid triumph
at the London Semi-National Eisteddfod held in the Central Hall,
Westminster, on Saturday, 25th April.
Four choirs competed and the adjudicators, Dr. Albert C. Tysoe,
St. Albans, and Mr. Dan Jones, Pontypridd, announced that they
were in complete accord with regard to the adjudication which
gave Ystradgynlais 94 marks, Rhymney 92, Scunthorpe 90, Manselton
88. The test-piece was "Nidaros" (Dan Protheroe).
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