Hollywood actor among fundraisers for penniless campaigner's funeral

A service takes place in Pontlottyn this afternoon for a penniless mining activist spared a pauper's funeral following a fundraising campaign backed by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen.

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Flowers from Michael Sheen at campaigner's funeral

The funeral is underway of Rhymney mining campaigner Dave Green. It was feared he could have had a pauper's funeral, but following a fundraising campaign backed by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen a big funeral has been held for him.

Around 60 people have gathered to say farewell to Valleys mining campaigner Dave Green.

Newport-born Sheen could not attend the funeral due to filming commitments but sent a floral tribute, reading: 'In memory of Dave Green - a strong voice used well. Rest in peace, Dave. It was an honour to meet you. Michael Sheen'.

A floral tribute from Hollywood actor Michael Sheen.

Watch Megan Boot's report from the service:

Funeral for penniless activist after Sheen-backed fundraiser

A service takes place this afternoon for a penniless mining activist spared a pauper's funeral following a fundraising campaign backed by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen.

Dave Green was a well-known campaigner against open-cast mining in Rhymney and a member of United Valleys Action Group.

He lost his battle with cancer last month - but died with no money and no family.

Michael Sheen (R) was among those who stepped in to prevent Dave Green (L) having a pauper's funeral. Credit: United Valleys Action Group

Newport-born Sheen met the 73-year-old while filming a documentary and was among those who backed a campaign to give Mr Green a proper send-off.

More than £4,000 has been raised by the local community for the funeral this afternoon.

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