Alan Warburton- Artist

Back in September (2017) I received a letter from Alan Warburton, an artist who lives in the Rhondda. It included pictures of a number of murals he has produced around South Wales over the years, together with  newspaper cuttings about them. Unfortunately for various reasons the murals no longer exist, so the photos represent the sole surviving record.

At the time I was busy with my Warburton day which resulted in various stories I have since published, and other work. I have only just got around to deciding how to handle Alan’s package.

I have set up a page called Alan Warburton Artist under Gallery to show his output. Below are a couple of examples.

The Miners Murinal on the Aberrhondda Road was the second of three murinals painted by Alan in Porth, Rhondda Valley 1976-7. It had the distinction of being opened by Prince Charles on July 28th 1976.

In 1982 Alan won an Operation Facelift competition sponsored by Cardiff City Council and the South Wales Echo. His idea to improve a British Rail water tower was to paint giant daffodils on it. In 1984 his idea was put into practice. Alas the water tower still exists but the daffodils are long gone.

Call for BigY Coupons

It seems my interpretation of the Family Tree DNA Xmas sale offer on BigY tests was wrong. I thought that to eligible you had to have done a 111 marker STR test, which very few of us have. But any STR test will do.

So my plan to purchase another Lancashire Group BigY is back on, especially following Clive’s generous donation to my General Fund, which now stands at $66. My chosen candidate has agreed, so all I need now is a BigY coupon to get a further reduction on the $475 cost.

If any of you get such a reduction ($25 seems the standard) please could I have it? Any donation to my General Fund would also be particularly welcome at this time.

Profile of Leslie Warburton, Cricketer

The following profile was written and sent to my by Colin Warburton, Leslie’s son. It is also interesting to note that Leslie was related to Doreen Warburton the actress whose obituary is included in my last newsletter. They were second cousins one removed I believe. A cursory examination of their ancestry suggests they are from a branch of the Edenfield clan, but more study is needed to confirm this and document their branch.

Bruce Warburton Midget Car Racer

In the 1930s the new sport of speedway racing was gaining in popularity. Arguably the finest of the speedway tracks was at Belle Vue in Manchester which opened in 1928. Speedway racing was for motor bikes, but interest began to develop in racing cars on the speedway tracks. In the early 1930’s there were a number of demonstration events.

Six foot two car salesman Bruce Warburton was involved in the Manchester Midgets from the very start.