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Famous People Of Tredegar

It is quite amazing that a town the size of Tredegar (Current population around 16,000 people), can boast such a list of famous people !

Aneurin Bevan  (1897 - 1960)

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Aneurin Bevan was born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire on November 15, 1897. The son of a miner, he went down the pit himself at the age of 13. Overcoming a severe stammer he became chairman of his local lodge of the South Wales Miners Federation and a local Councillor.

Elected MP for Ebbw Vale in 1929, he retained the seat until his death in 1960.

His most significant achievement was the shaping of the National Health Service through unifying the network of local authority and voluntary hospitals in a single national system.

In 1951 he resigned from the government in protest when NHS charges were introduced on NHS false teeth and glasses. Three years later he stood for the party leadership but was defeated by Hugh Gaitskill.

In 1934 he married Jenny Lee (later Baroness Lee), also a Labour MP and later minister for the arts.

He is acknowledged as one of the greatest parliamentarians and orators of his day, and a key architect of the NHS

 

 


Ray Reardon

ray_reardon.jpg (38157 bytes) Truly one of the games all-time greats, Ray Reardon was born in Tredegar in Wales. At the age of 14 he followed family tradition and went to work down the mines. He took care, however to protect his hands, as he already had a great interest in the game if snooker. He was once buried alive down a mine for 3 hours.

Ray lived in three houses in the town of Tredegar where he was born, including Inkerman Tce, and Whitworth Tce.

 

 

 

Achievements

World Professional Snooker Champion - 6 times; 1970, 1973,1974, 1975, 1976, 1978
World Championship runner-up - 1982
Benson & Hedges Masters Champion - 1976
Professional Players Champion - 1982
Yamaha International Masters Champion - 1983
Welsh Professional Champion - 3 times; 1977, 1981, 1983
Pontins Professional Champion - 4 times; 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978
Pontins Open Champion - 1975
Pot Black Champion - Twice; 1969, 1979
Welsh Amateur Champion - 5 times; 1950-1955
English Amateur Champion - 1964

 

 

Ray Reardon has won the world snooker championship six times. For more information on what Ray is doing now, click here


Neil Kinnock

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Neil Kinnock was the leader of the Labour party between 1983 and 1992. To see more information on Neil Kinnock, click here


Michael Foot

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Michael Foot was the Labour leader from 1980 to 1983 - a period which saw the party suffer its worst election performance since the war.
Michael Foot died on the 3rd March 2010, please click on the link below to hear what Neil Kinnock said about Michael Foot.

 


Cliff Wilson

Despite severe eyesight problems, Cliff Wilson was on of the game’s outstanding potters and one of its truly great characters. He was one of the fastest players round the table anyone had seen until a certain Alex Higgins appeared on the scene. He is unique in that his career was split into two with a fifteen year gap in between.

Cliff grew up in the same town, Tredegar, as six times world champion, Ray Reardon and they were great friends and rivals in their amateur days. Their matches always drew big crowds but it was Ray who usually came off best especially in the Welsh amateur championship bur Cliff usually got the better of him in the English event. At 17 he was runner-up to Rex Williams in the national under-19 championship and won that title the next two years, 1952 and 1953.

Everyone loved him and everyone has there favourite Cliff Wilson stories. He was never particularly ambitious and his lack of real success on the tour never worried him as he could always earn a good living on the exhibition circuit. His slogan "You’ve never see anything like it" certainly drew in the crowds and anyone who ever saw one of his shows would confirm that this was no idle boast.

 

Achievements:

 

World Seniors Champion - 1991
Welsh Professional Championship runner-up - 1981, 1984
World Amateur Champion - 1978
Welsh Amateur Champion - 1956, 1977, 1979
Pontins Autumn Open Champion - 1976
English Amateur Championship runner-up - 1954
National Under-19 Champion - 1952, 1953

 


Steve Jones

Steve Jones was born at St James Hospital Tredegar on the 4th August 1955. He broke the world marathon record at Chicago in 1984, and still holds the UK record he set in 1985.

Steve now lives in Colorado in the USA.

 


Bradley Dredge

Brasley Dredge was born in 1973 in Tredegar and is a professional golfer.

Since regaining his European Tour card, Dredge has established himself on the elite tour, finishing inside the top 100 on the Order of Merit every season except 2000. His first win on the European Tour came at the 2003 Madeira Island Open, and in 2006 he claimed his second title at the Omega European Masters. He achieved a career best Order of Merit position of 16th in 2005, and in the post-season he won the WGC-World Cup for Wales in partnership with Stephen Dodd.

Dredge has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.


Brian Whipp

Brian Whipp(1937-2011)

Brian Whipp, who died on October 20th 2011, was an internationally-renown exercise physiologist. Born in Tredegar, he attended Earl Street School (1942-48) and then Tredegar Grammar School (1948-55).

Please see here for more information on Brian


Mark Colbourne MBE

Mark Colbourne from the Sirhowy area of the town was born in 1969. On 30 August 2012 Colbourne won a silver medal and Great Britain's first medal of the 2012 Paralympics, in the C1-3 1 km time trial. On 31 August 2012 he won a gold medal in the C1 3 km individual pursuit after breaking the world record in both the qualification round and the final.

In 2011 he won his first UCI Para-Cycling World Cup medals. He took bronze in the C1 time trail in Segovia, Spain at his debut at World Cup level. At the round in Baie-Comeau, Canada, he won the silver medal in the same event behind Juan Jose Mendez Fernandez of Spain. His first World Championship medal was a silver at the 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships held in Roskilde, Denmark.

Mark was awarded the MBE in the 2013 New Years Honours list for services to cycling.

Mark announced his retirement from competitive races  in August 2013.

Video here.

Visit here to view the Mark Colbourne section in the Tredegar on-line gallery


David Morgan OBE

David Morgan become President of the MCC from October 2014. He was born in Ashvale and was educated locally before taking up employment at the Ebbw-Vale steel works where he was elected to high standing positions within the steel industry. Indeed, in the business world Morgan was commercial director of European Electrical Steels until 2001.

In 2008 David Morgan was awarded the OBE for his services to cricket.[6]

 

 



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