Really enjoyable day. Went to Welshpool this morning to collect a dead rat. I'd been out canvasing with Steve Kaye yesterday, and promised to clear away the deceased rodent today. I'm always as good as my word. I was equipped with a plastic disposal bag - but the rat was gone. Perhaps Steve had been down before me with his plastic bag. The boy is going to be a great councillor if he wins.
Out canvassing with Russell George this afternoon in Newtown. He really deserves to win. Russ is a great campaigner, and he's taught me a thing or two already. I will be mega-disappointed if the curse of name recognition gives the well known Lib Dem who has put his name in a victory. In my opinion, Russ could develop into a great Council leader. If I have to ask readers to do one single thing for me in relation to this election, it would be to persuade anyone you know in Newtown Central to vote for Russell George on Thursday.
Mrs D and I went to suss out Llanfechain Church tonight - in readiness for No 3 son, Tim and Adrienne's wedding in July. We're not in the wonderful Church at Berriew, because Adrienne is a Catholic, and the wedding can't be done there for some reason. We went to watch a concert by the renowned Penybontfawr Male Voice Choir. When we arrived we discovered that the concert was in Llansantffraid, and we just made it in time. Male soloist were Tecwyn Jones, recently returned Powys County Councillor for the Llanfechain area (unopposed). He informed the congregation/audience that he used to sing with my grandfather when they were both members of Llanfair Caerienion Choir 50 years ago. Choir started with a great favourite of mine 'Men of Harlech' and Tecwyn finished his solo slot with another favourite 'If I can help somebody'.
Amazing coincidence. The only reason we had gone to the concert was on a scouting mission in preparation for Tim's wedding, and the woman sitting in front of us at the back of the Church (whom we didn't recognise) was the midwife who delivered Tim 27 years ago (As it happens it was Mrs D's 4th home birth, a subject attracting comment in today's newspapers).
There is an interesting window at Llansantffraid Church - presented by a Billy Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia from1915-1922. Hughes was born in Pimlico, and brought up in Llandudno. and had family living at Winllan, Llansantffraid. He remains Australia's longest serving MP (1901-1952) and dedicated the window to his mother. Lloyd George (no relation to Russell George) was present at the dedication. That's the thing about Montgomeryshire - so much emigration to every corner of the world that there is something to learn every day.