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Marlene was born in 1937 and at 6 months she moved to Tallis St Cwmparc where, apart from a brief sojourn in Treherbert, she lived her whole life. She remembers going to collect prisoners of war who lived in the street. She was a miner’s wife and raised her children but also worked in the offices of the Co-operative Society and the world renowned, Poliakoff’s factory.
During the miner’s strike of 1984, she was instrumental in organising the support for miners’ families for which she received the statuette in the picture. She is still an active member of the community, taking part in craft activities in the Cwmparc Hall.

0.02 Going to collect Prisoners of War. Three came from Tallis St Cwmparc alone.
01.15 Mrs Annie Jones who organised the collections for POWs.
01.31 Life as a miner’s wife.
04.00 The bomb raid shelters under the school - “The dungeons.”
04.52 Memory of the Cwmparc Bombing 1941
05.00 Marlene’s role in the Miner’s Strike of 1984 along with Lynwen Lewis and Ceri Lewis
06.22 The statuette that was presented to Marlene (and Lynwen Lewis) for their efforts during Miners Strike by Rhondda Federation of Miners. They were the only two to receive them in Cwmparc. The figure can be seen in the photo of Marlene.
06.41 Trips they went on as miners wives during the strike.
07.13 Cwmparc past and present and the community spirit that endures.

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