Credits & Acknowledgements
Lots of people have been involved in Ghost Parade, and without their help the project wouldn’t have happened. I’ve tried to list everyone, but if I’ve missed anyone, please let me know.
A special mention goes to Glyn Walters, Archivist at Ebbw Vale Institute and Barrie Caswell from the Ebbw Vale Works Archival Trust for their advice and support and for allowing me such generous access to their archival materials.
Archival materials were also used with the kind permission of BBC Cymru Wales. Special thank yous to Gwenda Richards at BBC Llandaff and to Angela Jones at ITV Wales for helping to source materials.
Pickler Films were contributed by BBC Cymru Wales, James Sheppard, John Faulkner, Russell Retallick, Marion Farr, Roy Nancarrow, Delwyn Evans, The Demolition Team at Ebbw Vale and the Ebbw Vale Works Archival Trust.
Portrait films were contributed by Jane Carver, Johnny Nigma, Gareth Tipley at Tredegar Youth Cafe. A large proportion of the portrait films were made by the staff and users of Blaenau Gwent Youth Service, coordinated by Greg Morgan. Portraits of steelworkers at Corus Trostre were contributed by Gary Jones.
Thanks to: Jane, James and Sarah Carver, Sharon Rees, Rebecca Spooner and Phil, Jeremy Hughes; Russell Hill; Reverend Waggett; Tessa Waite, Ruth Coulthard, Alex Yorke, Wayne and Valerie Tucker, Gary Jones, Hannah Lewis, Melanie Ward, Johnny Nigma, Erin Rickard, Nerea Martinez de Lecea, Vincent Fuller, Enid and Ken Parton; Richard Phillips and Penuel Scouts; The Belly Dance Troupe; Clare and Miriam Fisher and staff at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan; Dave Rees and members of Blaenau Gwent Youth Forum; Greg Morgan, Gavin Townsend, users and staff at Blaenau Gwent Youth Service; Rob Edwards & Pat at Community Trade Union; Geoff Woods at Unite, Pontypool; Ivor Beynon; Justine Wheatley at Arts Alive; Lisa Harris and members of both Blaenau Gwent Youth Theatre and Gwent Youth Theatre; Sian Burns and students at Brynmawr Comprehensive; Ian Stephens and students at Abertillery Comprehensive; Stephen Hunt, staff and students at Coleg Gwent;
A special thank you to Dean Woods and all the members of Ebbw Valley Brass for providing such a moving and atmospheric live soundtrack, despite the rain; the members of 275 (Blaina & Nanytglo) Squadron Band for kicking off the parade in such style and to Gerry English, Richard Hancocks and Lynne Davies for making their contribution possible. And to Rebecca Spooner for not mentioning Enya
Special thanks to Sean Puleston and Eifion Porter who did such an impressive job building the screen; Nic Finch, Anthony Shapland and Richard Bevan for technical advice; and Simon Blackmore for reminding me not to argue with the now.
Thanks to Claire Roberts for her help, support and ineffable stage management; Gaynor Morton & Michelle for their invaluable crowd control abilities and general enthusiasm.
The General Offices and Blaenau Gwent
Special thanks to Angharad Collins for making sure everything happened when it should, corralling the troops at the crucial moment and handing out 5,000 postcards. Thanks also to Becky, Nyree Davies, Carys Wynne, Peter Henry and all the staff at the General Offices for their help and support.
… And to Marc Rees for commissioning the project in the first place; Sian Thomas for keeping everything on track and making sure the project actually happened; Giles Parbery for sourcing, budgeting, installing and then running all the equipment, exactly on cue; Andrew Knight at Taliesin Theatre for supplying the boards; all the staff at Cornershop PR for spreading the word; Warren Orchard for making some beautiful images and Simon Clode for filming the whole thing.