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David receives tributes at the Senedd

Created on 26/01/2017 @ 19:54
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Tributes have been paid at the Senedd in Cardiff to Newtown’s former mayor and history master, David Pugh.

Yesterday we reported how the town council might make him a posthumous Honorary Fellow of the town if they agree to start a scheme.

Now, Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, has paid tribute to Mr Pugh and his impact on the community at a Plenary session of the Senedd.

Mr Pugh, who passed away last week after a short illness, was Mayor of Newtown between 1994 and 1996 and he was Newtown’s leading local historian for many decades, instrumental in establishing the Newtown History Group in 1995 and its journal ‘The Newtonian’, both of which continue to flourish today.

He also helped establish the Newtown History Group, receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2013, and he was also a prominent member of the Newtown and District Civic Society.

Mr Pugh was also a director of the Montgomeryshire Community Regeneration Association and a committee member of the historical Powysland Club.  He was a trustee of Newtown Silver Band and held office with the Robert Owen Museum.

Speaking in the Senedd, Mr George said: “Best known for being seen with his camera, recording buildings for historic records, we now have a 64 volume quarterly journal called ‘The Newtonian’ which has recorded the life and times of Newtown and its townspeople.

“Before David’s work, there was very little recorded and it is thanks to David’s sustained commitment and determination that we now have an authoritative record of the town’s history for future generations.

“David’s legacy is that there is a recorded history of Newtown which otherwise would be lost. His contribution to civic society in Newtown has been outstanding and he will be missed by me and everyone in the Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn community.” 

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