A visit to Penmachno

Kitty a LizzieOn Monday of last week we pointed the car in the direction of Neuadd Tŷ’n y Porth, Penmachno , where we showed two examples of early S4C programmes which were of particular local interest: an edition of Cefn Gwlad about renowned singer, Ritchie Thomas and an edition of the series Portreadau featuring the two farming sisters, Kitty & Lizzie.

The hall was full, the occasion having drawn people from far and wide who wanted to see once again the characters so familiar to them as they grew up in the village, and who had contributed so much to the fabric of life there.  There was a lot of audience reaction to seeing the two old sisters milking the cow and churning butter in the old-fashioned way, and to hearing the mischievious comments of the old singer in response to Dai Jones’s questioning.

Welsh-languagae television came into its own long after many of the traditional ways of doing everyday things had disappeared from our homes, and long after the heyday of Ritchie Thomas as an entertainer, but these two programmes captured something of that way of life before it became too late.