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Ferdinand the Crow

Ferdinand the Crow


Picture L to R Rosemary Butler A.M, Ferdinand, P.F., Jessica Morden M.P. and bump.

It's difficult to hang on to any dignity while being attacked in the nether regions by Ferdinand the crow wielded by over-excited AM being egged on by a pregnant MP. That's something that's never happened before. Newport can boast the first-ever pregnant Welsh MP. Can Jessica make it another auspicious date by organising the birth for Chartist day the 4th of November? Ferdinand is named after M. Arnodin the designer of the Newport Transporter Bridge. He is the mascot of the great Crow Point festival that will explode on the banks of the Usk in September. It's the brainchild of John Hallam and the team that bring us the amazing Maindee Festival.

The Crow festival was launched at the Wastesavers Centre at the foot of the Transporter Bridge on Friday. Among the delights of the Festival will be Newport's best Goldie Looking Chain and a host of other bands. It promises to be green and glorious. A choir is being recruited and there will a vegetable competition and a spell of hymn singing. Access will be entirely by public transport or on foot (except for the disabled). The Transporter Bridge will carry pedestrians only. The whole venture shows breathtaking enterprise by John and his team. Crow Point is the name of the bend in the river at the Transporter Bridge.




A matchstick model of the Transporter Bridge has been re-discovered and may play a part in the celebrations this year. It's sixteen foot long and was made by the late Ronald Smith from Maesglas. I unveiled in July 1990. It took 4,000 hours to complete and is made up of 130,000 matchsticks. The case in which it was displayed has NOT been found. Anyone got any ideas?