Swansea’s 50th anniversary celebrations are stepping up a gear as a giant birthday card takes off on a grand tour of the city over the coming months.
Schoolchildren, community groups, business people and residents alike will all be getting the chance to sign the card as it makes its way to community events, well-known locations and drop-in sessions.
The card shows a bustling scene from Oxford Street in 1969, the year Swansea became a city, and is still instantly recognisable today.
Swansea’s historic moment was announced by Prince Charles, following his investiture as Prince of Wales, in July, 1969. The official ceremony took place five months later.
Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “This special birthday card will let people show their appreciation for the city being fifty years old. People can sign the card knowing that when it’s full it’ll be put on display and then preserved for posterity as a kind of time capsule message from today’s residents to our grandchildren and their children too.”
“We want as many people as possible to be part of this year’s celebrations. If people tell us what they’re up to with events, street parties or shows we’ll tell everyone else.
Among the big events taking place in the city this summer are Singleton Park concerts by the Stereophonics, Jess Glynne and Pete Tong followed by the return of Proms in the Park in September.
There’s also a range of other events, large and small going on across the city.
A community street party is planned for St Helens Road with live music, street food and free activities. The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is showing off an Augustus John painting of Dylan Thomas that’s never been seen in his home city before.
The city centre has also been dressed-up with banners so visitors and residents alike can see there’s something to celebrate this year. And for the first time the Wales Airshow will be staging a Saturday night party on July 6 as part of the fun.
Cllr Francis-Davies said: “There’s a lot of exciting things coming this summer as part of the celebrations – some of it top secret for the moment.
“But Swansea 50 is a celebration too of our communities in all their diversity and enthusiasm. It couldn’t be easier to be part of it. Just sign-up your events on the Swansea 50 website.”