16 January 2014

"Zulus, sir. Thousands of them..."

This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic film Zulu which premiered on the 22nd January 1964 and remains a timeless classic to this day. The masterpiece is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest British films of all time but what's its connection to Wales?

Flag from the Battle of Rorke's Drift, The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh

Flag from the Battle of Rorke's Drift by The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh

The plot follows the experiences of the 24th Regiment and their involvement in Rorke's Drift in the 1879 Zulu war who were in fact originally from Brecon. The town's Regimental War Museum is the best place to start for those interested in the history of the film with several priceless artefacts, unique military pieces and even the original flag from the battle itself.

Brecon holds this historical connection with pride as the place where the whole story began. This month the town celebrates the 50th anniversary with plenty of events going on around the town including a concert on the 18th January and a commemoration on the 19th of January both in Brecon Cathedral and a very special cinema screening at the Colliseum cinema on the 20th January.