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70 years of the NHS - Bevan Festival

70 years of the NHS - Bevan Festival

The Valleys, and in particular Tredegar and Ebbw Vale, are rightly proud of Aneurin Bevan, or Nye as he is known to us. The injustices that he witnessed in school, at home and in the pit drove the young Bevan to fight for a better future for his community, and for the wider British population.

He used the blue print of the Tredegar Workingmen’s Medical Aid Society to end the health and housing poverty trap faced by so many. In his own words he ‘Tredegarised’ the UK and introduced the National Health Service, giving healthcare free at the point of need and put in motion the largest public housing programme ever launched in Britain.

Seventy years on we celebrate this most wonderful gift to our nation and long may it continue to help those who need it most. Here are some of the highlights being organised in and around Tredegar:

   Band Concert and Live Music at the Castle - Sunday 24 June
   Question Time - Thursday 28 June
   Walking in the Footsteps of Nye - Friday 29 June
   Gala Dinner - Friday 29 June
   Bevan's Tredegar - Saturday 30 June
   Bevan Day - Sunday 1 July
   Trade Union Political School - Friday 29 June - Saturday 1 July

You can also follow the Aneurin Bevan Heritage Trail, and visit Bedwellty House and Park where Nye "cut his teeth" in the Town Council Chamber.

Download the Festival Programme here and keep your eyes open on social media - there maybe some surprises!