Fat Albert

Herc
Wales v Gloucestershire (Under 15 girls), Pontarddulais Cricket Club – 1st June, 2016

Whilst the red-capped Welsh girls celebrate a Gloucestershire wicket, the umpires take the opportunity to watch an RAF Hercules transport plane as it passes majestically overhead. Although based in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, much of the low level training for these planes (nicknamed Fat Alberts after an American cartoon character) takes place over the Central Wales TTA (Tactical Training Area). Below, the flag of St David flies over the clubhouse where, inside, the England jumper of former Pontarddulais Cricket Club player Robert Croft hangs proudly on the wall. The people of Pontarddulais (translation: bridge over the black stream) have more than just cricket to be proud of, though. The town is home to one of the oldest brass bands in Wales and the local male voice choir have been crowned National Eisteddfod Champions a record 15 times. They can also be heard performing the choral parts in the Pink Floyd film The Wall.

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