THE Great War centenary is to be marked by a full programme of events at Bedwellty House and Park in Tredegar next month.

On Sunday, August 17, an ecumenical service will be held at St George’s Church from 10am, followed by a parade through the town, tribute-laying and the ‘Last Post’ at the War Memorial.

The day will feature performances from Tredegar Town Band, Oakdale Silver Band, Tredegar Orpheus Choir, Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir, Patrick Sheen Singers, together with a variety of displays and exhibitions from a wide area.

Other activities and groups present will include an exhibition of Great War Medals and Memorabilia, contemporary films shown in Council Chamber, St John’s Ambulance Brigade, Army and Air Force Cadets, as well as Scout and Guiding Associations.

Eifion Lloyd Davies, chairman of the organisers, Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum, said the event is the culmination of a long-term “vision” by the group.

He said: “We are delighted that so many organisations, including the Royal British Legion, Bedwellty House and Park and others, have joined us to bring such a vibrant event, which will appeal to all ages, to Blaenau Gwent.

“It is our ambition to host the event in Tredegar in 2014 and at other venues in the borough over the next four years so that we can involve the whole of the borough’s community in our commemorations between now and 2018.”

August 4 will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Activities and events on the day will

Catering and refreshments will be available throughout the day. For further information on the event then contact Bedwellty House and Park on 01495 353370.