Neath and Port Talbot Moments
Neath and Port Talbot are two towns with undeniably separate identities, but for all that they share one common aim — the desire to survive and succeed whatever the world throws at them. Neath & Port Talbot Moments contains graphic evidence of this.
During the 15 consecutive years that the series of books of which it is part has been appearing, the images they contain have been constantly changing. There is no clearer an indication that the towns themselves have been changing too.
Many would agree that more has changed in the lifetime of these books than at any other time in the life of the two towns, but rarely do we stop and take stock of this. So it can occasionally be startling to discover the effects of the race and chase for progress.
Though recent times have brought all-round economic struggle and significant job losses, there remains the optimism that in the future things will once again come good. This, after all is the way it has been in the past. A reminder of this cycle of life comes with the turning of almost every page in this picture-packed book. So many people have made their own individual contribution of photographs from times past it has once again helped create a unique publication. By sharing their photographs they ensure that we will be able to remember faces, places and events that sooner or later begin to fade in all of our memories. They ensure too that we see our towns and their people from many different viewpoints.
The County Borough of Neath Port Talbot has more than its share of famous personalities, but it is the daily events in the life of its ordinary people that are reflected in the pictures here. This mirror on the past is their own individual way of playing a part in keeping the memory alive.