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From spotting celebrities to a greenhouse disaster — the six-month festival created a lot of memories. From celebrity-spotting to camaraderie and a greenhouse disaster — the 25th anniversary of the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival has brought back memories for those who both worked there and visited it. The festival transformed a once-derelict wasteland into a blossoming landscape packed full with flowers, plants and trees that welcomed two million visitors and several celebrities. The festival ran for six months in and created hundreds of jobs — and a lot of memories for visitors. Simon Morgan, 42, from Ebbw Vale, fondly remembers his time as a worker at the Garden Festival, and credits his current career as a nurse to the event.
The work was hard and the hours were quite long but the camaraderie was brilliant. After they did their bit for the TV, they would bring their kids around to go on the rides. I remember seeing Bonnie Tyler and Sian Lloyd there.
We all had a great time and would have loved to have carried on working there. Allan Rees, 66, was the team leader on an allotment at the Garden Festival, which won best in show — and remembers spending time at the 1. It was amazing, absolutely amazing. We had hardly any money so we had to scrounge around for everything. My grandson Rhys, who is in his 20s now, absolutely loved it. He used to love the dragon that fired water out of its mouth. They could have made it into a holiday camp.
Ann Stephens was secretary of Glyncoed Primary School at the time and visited the festival — where she snapped a picture of Australian actor Jason Donovan. I think it made Ebbw Ebbw vale remembered. I think the shops are really nice and the bobsleigh for the kids is fantastic. By Thomas Deacon Senior reporter. Never miss a big story in Blaenau Gwent again with our daily Invalid Something went wrong, please try again later.
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