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Pontypool Free Press 1860

A story from the Pontypool Free Press 1860

“A Grand day out”

On Good Friday 1860, the townspeople of Pontypool set off on excursions to a variety of local destinations. One of the most popular destinations was to Usk, accompanying a march of the “Hanbury Rifle Corps”. The Corps mustered at Pontypool Town Hall at 2pm and “arms having been distributed” set off for Pontypool Park where they shouldered and presented arms to Mrs C H Leigh, to the accompaniment of their band playing the National Anthem.

They marched past Pontymoile Gates where a large crowd of people had gathered. They continued from here towards Usk, with many of the Pontymoile crowd in tow. “On their way they were regaled by Mrs Roberts of the Hendre Farm, with a glass of cider each” (according to Pontypool Free Press).

They returned from Usk by train at 6pm, having left their weapons behind in a pile – a grand day out!