Welcome banners and other street decorations celebrating Swansea’s 50th anniversary as a city have been going up on lamp-posts at key locations in the city centre and along Oystermouth Road.
The countdown to the anniversary of city status is picking up pace over the coming weeks with residents and visitors alike getting the chance to be part of it.
Oystermouth Road, Princess Way, High Street railway station as well as Oxford Street and the main Oystermouth Road corridor, will all see lamp-posts dressed-up in the gold banners and logo of Swansea 50.
Swansea’s iconic indoor market is also due to set up a wall-to-wall sea of bunting in the coming weeks to help add fizz to a landmark summer in the city.
Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for innovation, investment and tourism, said the warmth of the welcome to the city and the reason behind it would be unmistakable.
“Every summer we welcome millions of visitors to Swansea and we want to share our celebrations with tourists and residents alike. The banners that have been going up on lamp-posts at strategic locations around the city will make sure that everyone – visitors and residents know that something special’s going on.
“Market traders are backing our efforts to celebrate Swansea’s 50th birthday as a city and we want everyone to be part of it.”
Swansea learned that it was to become a city when Prince Charles, the new Prince of Wales, visited Swansea on July 3, 1969, to announce the news to cheering crowds on the steps of the Guildhall.
On December 15 that year Prince Charles returned to present the city charter at a ceremony in the Brangwyn Hall. Newspapers ran special editions, souvenirs were produced and children were given a day off school.
Cllr Francis-Davies said the anniversary celebrations this summer include the first-ever night of Wales Airshow entertainment as well as the return of Proms in the Park and summer nights in Singleton Park with Jess Glynne and the Stereophonics.
A travelling exhibition celebrating milestones in the history of Swansea will be paying a visit to schools across the city over the coming months and youngsters will also be organising events of their own.
Cllr Francis-Davies added: “Swansea 50 is a celebration of and for the city and is intended to be a real community event with lots going on and plenty to do. We hope that individuals, organisations and communities will get on board with the celebration and be a part of it.”