Pontypridd, an ex-mining town in the valleys of South Wales is famous for many things: the great rugby team, Evan and James James, lyricist and composer respectively of 'Hen Wlad...

Pontypridd, an ex-mining town in the valleys of South Wales is famous for many things: the great rugby team, Evan and James James, lyricist and composer respectively of ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ (Land of My Fathers) – the Welsh national anthem, rock band The Lost Prophets,  and also for being my home town. 

However, its second most famous son is Tom Jones – who, on the weekend, performed a one-off gig in Ynysangharad Park in front of 20,000 people.  The open-air concert also celebrated his 65th birthday and was seen as the singers ‘home-coming’ (his last concert in Ponty was on 30 June, 1964, at the White Hart pub with Tommy Scott and the Senators).

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