Charity show is set to hit the right note in Grav's memory
ANYONE who saw Ray Gravell before a game of rugby knew that he loved singing so it is fitting that a charity set up in his memory is to hold its first annual concert.
Fortunately the surroundings of the Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust first gig will be far different to his personal concert space as he loved to belt out Dafydd Iwan songs on the toilet before running out for the Scarlets or Wales.
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Speaking ahead of the inaugural concert, which will be held at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on Wednesday, September 11, and contain a line-up of top Welsh talent, a spokesman for the trust said: "This will be the first of the annual concerts to be staged by the Trust and the evening includes performances from The Three Tenors, Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall, and Alun Rhys Jenkins, Lleisiau'r Cwm and the multiple award- winning Burry Port Town Band.
"The evening will be hosted by popular TV and Radio broadcaster Roy Noble OBE.
"The entire evening is in the hands of Roy Noble, one of Wales's best known and popular broadcasters. Roy is very much in demand as an after dinner speaker and his inimitable way of story telling leaves his audiences spellbound.
"It should be a great night."
Ray's former Llanelli and Wales team mates, Roy Bergiers and Delme Thomas, will be guests of honour at the concert.
The trust, which was set up shortly after the popular rugby star turned-broadcaster's death in 2007, has so far raised more than £500,000 for its favoured charities - from Trussell Trust-run food banks to Guide Dogs for the Blind — in the interim. Gravs loved singing and anything to do with Dafydd Iwan.
"When we used to play for Wales there would be two toilets and Gravs would be in one for an hour before the game singing Dafydd Iwan songs.
"The Pontypool front row would go crazy and ask who this Dafydd Iwan guy was."
Welcoming the move, the former number 10 added: "The charity raises so much money for so many causes in this area which is brilliant.''