Swansea is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its city status this year and everyone can be part of it.
Major events and community celebrations are set to help the city make 2019 a truly memorable occasion.
Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said: “Swansea is a great Welsh city and we’ve so much to celebrate and to look forward to.
“1969 was a special occasion when The Queen officially bestowed city status on Swansea and 2019 promises to be equally exciting.
“Thanks to the hundreds of millions of pounds of investment coming our way through the City Deal, there’s never been a better time to look forward or to celebrate our past.
“We want all the communities of Swansea to be part of it and organise their own celebrations as well as enjoy the major events we’ve got planned.”
The launch of Swansea 50 at the Liberty Stadium comes on the eve of Swansea City’s FA Cup quarter-final with Premier League leaders Manchester City. Also there for Friday’s event are representatives of city businesses, tourism, arts and community groups.
Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “Now is a great time for us to celebrate both our city’s heritage and its future.
“As part of the celebrations we’ll be staging a public vote to choose Swansea’s greatest ever icon.
“On top of that there’ll be brilliant events throughout the year including music from the Stereophonics, Jess Glynne and Pete Tong at Singleton Park.
“But the most important part is our invitation to the people of Swansea to get involved in the celebrations by organising their own events whether that’s a local carnival, community shows or their own street parties.
“More than anything Swansea 50 should be a celebration of Swansea by the people of Swansea for the people of Swansea. Everyone can be part of it.”
Chris Pearlman, chief operating officer at the Swans said they were joining the celebrations because city status led to a change of the club’s name from Swansea Town to Swansea City FC.
He said: “The Swans and the Jack Army have made massive strides together since 1969, winning trophies and creating many special moments for our fans and our city.
“The match on Saturday against one of the biggest clubs in the game in the world’s most famous cup competition is going to be yet another amazing occasion, watched by hundreds of millions of fans around the globe.
“We’ll be helping share the Swansea 50 celebrations by including the logo on our huge screens so the world will know 2019 is our city’s special year.”
Dawn Lyle, Swansea entrepreneur and co-founder of Swansea Bay business organisation 4TheRegion, said: “There is a growing mood of optimism about the future of our city. We want to capture, share and see the people of Swansea benefit from it.
“Like many other businesses, my business has been built in Swansea on the skill, the innovation and the personalities of local people. Swansea 50 is the perfect opportunity for all of us to be part of celebrations of the place we all love to call home.”