Thursday, November 29, 2007

Strong women in Brecon

Gwenllian Morgan became Wales' first female mayor in 1910, in Brecon.

Portrait of Adelina Patti hanging in the Guildhall, Brecon

Mayor of Brecon Rosemary Evans

During the opening of the Children of Craigy-nos exhibition last week in Brecon Library the Mayor, Rosemary Evans, pointed out that Adelina Patti had close links with the town. Not only did she get married there in the Catholic church but she was a huge benefactor. She helped pay for the portrait of Gwenllian Morgan, the first female Mayor in Wales - a first for Brecon!- which also hangs in the Guildhall.
To-day Adelina Patti's portrait has a place of honour there too.

It is a much more flattering one than any hanging in Craig-y-nos Castle.

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