Swansea Air Show 2011. A part of the Swansea Bae Summer Festival.
In writing a survey of the economy of South Wales, Walter Davies with Edward Williams said of Sir John Morris, "He seems to have been the most extensive individual builder of comfortable habitations for the labouring class. He first erected a kind of castellated lofty mansion, of a collegiate appearance, with an interior quadrangle, containing the dwellings for forty families, all colliers, excepting one tailor, and one shoemaker, who are considered as useful appendages to the fraternity".
Morris Castle, considered to be the first modern example of a block flats in the world. In the distance, the Meridan Tower is the latest residential development to come to Swansea.
The Brythons (or Britons) were the Celtic-speaking people of what is now England, Wales and southern Scotland, whose ethnic identity is today maintained by the Welsh, Cornish and Bretons.
The title Rex Britannorum (King of the Britons) was used (often retrospectively) to refer to the most powerful ruler among the insular Britons, both before and after the Roman occupation up until the Norman Conquest of England.
Only Wales remained under Brythonic rule in Britain, and the term 'Britons' was used synonymously with the Welsh (Cymry). This, and the diminishing power of the Welsh rulers relative to the Kings of England, is reflected in the gradual evolution of the titles by which these rulers were known from "King of the Britons" in the 11th century to the "Prince of Wales" in the 13th century.
Nadia Ahmed, an English student. Born in the Mozambique Channel on the French island of Mayotte resting between Madagascar and Africa. I met her by chance in Oxfam while carrying out research for this book, I realised how open and friendly she was. Her generous opinion of the people of Swansea mirrored my thoughts. I had to include her.
‘I like the people of Swansea for their positive outlook. I admire the fact that despite their problems, they remain cheerful and confident about the future.
Swansea is a poor city with high unemployment which affects the majority of the population but it doesn't prevent them from being nice and welcoming toward other people.
Whenever I meet someone from Swansea no matter how many problems he or she has, they will always say, 'this and that is happening right now, but...' and I like this 'but', because it is not a sad one, it is filled with hope, smiles and faith in the future’.
The Palace Theatre, built in 1888. A Grade II listed building and just one of two purpose built music halls left in the UK, it still has its original gas light fittings on the walls and the stage.
Charlie Chaplin filled the Palace Theatre when he performed there in 1960, this was also where Sir Anthony Hopkins made his first professional stage appearance in Swansea Little Theatre's production of 'Have A Cigarette'. The Palace Theatre was also the first venue in Wales to show a silent picture.
The theatre is one of the few structures undamaged by the Blitz that destroyed much of Swansea city centre during the Second World War. As of July 2007, the theatre is up for sale by auction, starting price, £250,000.
Frank Austin told me he originally started out as a carpenter making themed libraries for schools until cancer in the shoulder prevented him from continuing. After recovering from cancer, Frank put his talents into oil painting, producing paintings at a rate of one picture a week. His work is comprised of landscapes and abstract 3D art.
Frank lives in Sketty, but owns a studio in the Uplands area, it also serves as a shop for those who wander inside.
Having lived in Swansea for 60 years, Frank's love of history and the way the city has changed, inspires him to create paintings recapturing the old Swansea.
‘These old buildings are lost forever which is annoying. Swansea Council just gets rid of them rather than restoring them. Swansea had the opportunity to have some of the character of Bath; had they kept the older buildings’.
Swansea Market has existed in many forms over its 800 year history, prior to 1652 it was an open air market. It is currently the largest indoor market in Wales. Welsh delicacies such as Welsh cakes, Laverbread (seaweed), Cockles and Whelks (sea snails) are to be found inside.
Whether it's from the fresh bakeries and fish mongers, to the aproned fruit and veg man sitting on his stool, or the colourful flower shop, with its small display being overpowered by the pet food store, there is always something for the olfactory senses to feast on when entering Swansea market.
Swansea A.F.C. was formed in 1912 but known as Swansea Town until 1969 when it adopted the name Swansea City to reflect Swansea's new status as a city.
In July 2001 following relegation back to the Third Division, Swansea A.F.C was sold for £1. In 2010, Swansea was celebrating intensely when Blackpool were promoted into the Premier League having beaten Cardiff in the playoffs.
Exactly ten years after being relegated to the Third Division, Swansea football supporters were celebrating their promotion into the Premier League live via an ITV interview in the Walkabout bar. Swansea A.F.C. had become the first Welsh club to play in the top division.
The rivalry between Swansea and Cardiff is often regarded as one of the most hostile in British football. Coaches carrying away supporters always arrive with police escort.
St Mary's Church
‘We pray for the Church in Wales, for Bishop John and the diocese of Swansea and Brecon, for all in this benefice of Central Swansea, may we be faithful in the mission we are called to and in our witness.
Help us to speak relevantly and clearly of our faith to the world of today. Forgive us when we are too preoccupied with our daily lives to speak of the life that we offered in Christ. Help us to live by your love, so that others may discover there is no one like you and no God besides you. Turn the hearts of those who resist your love, we pray.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer’. - An excerpt from the Rev Alison Jones's Evensong Sermon, 10th July 2011.
‘This Civic church serves a variety of official functions for the city. It is also a place for older people who feel isolated in today's society’. - Sid Kidwell, the Lord Mayor’s Warden.
The King of Wales
'King of Wales' is a very rarely used title, because Wales never achieved the degree of political unity that England or Scotland did. However, in the mid-11th century, one of the Welsh kings, Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, gained supreme power: "in 1055 he absorbed Deheubarth (Southern Wales) as well, thus becoming in effect King of Wales".
Historian John Davies states that Gruffydd was "the only Welsh king ever to rule over the entire territory of Wales. Thus, from about 1057 until his death in 1063, the whole of Wales recognised the kingship of Gruffudd ap Llewelyn. For about seven brief years, Wales was one, under one ruler, a feat with neither precedent nor successor". (3)
‘People don't realise Wales is its own country outside the UK. The home grown culture could be better defined, explored and exported to the USA. But Swansea IS trying to market itself as a city by the sea’. - Tony Collins
‘I hosted a Couch Surfer back in 2010, he came from Grove City, a tiny town in the middle of Ohio. He was big into his Nordic and Welsh culture, he was a Davies; a Welsh name. Besides tracing his roots and visiting the local area, he told me he came to Swansea to buy his own full dress kilt. When I asked him how much he paid, he replied with a smile, '£1000' and he couldn't have been prouder of it’. - Jonathan JK Morris
This wall was final the portion of the old Vetch football ground that still exists. The newer, Liberty Stadium is located just outside the city centre.
The space the old stadium occupied was originally called the 'Vetch' because a type of Legume grew on the ground there. Now the stadium has been demolished, the innermost centre of the football pitch has been kept and will be used as a vegetable plot.
Dylan Thomas's House
An ugly, lovely house.
Jonathan W. Roach was born and bred in the Gower near Swansea; living there for nearly three quarters of his life.
Jonathan took over Gershwins after originally working there to make some cash on the side while studying for an MBA at HSBC during the 1990s.
‘There is no doubt I have a love/hate relationship with Swansea. When you're away from Swansea you can't believe you miss the place so much. But there are times in the city centre when I absolutely despise the place, I find it a real dive. Fifteen years ago, before the out of town shopping zones were built, the city centre was three or four times busier than what it was today, almost as busy as Oxford Street, London’. - Jonathan W. Roach
‘I am religious. In my opinion it is one of the most recognised works of Christian art in the world and it’s hard to forget it was painted by Leonardo da Vinci; one of the greatest painters of all time.
I have people constantly commenting on it everyday. A simple trip to Tesco to pick up some milk will turn into a ten - fifteen minute conversation about this tattoo.
It was an eight hour sitting which I sat through and there was only one tattoo artist in Swansea I would trust with work such as this, Chris Govier. He is a very talented artist, his reputation really does proceed him; people travel to Swansea to have work done by Chris and I think even da Vinci would be impressed with his work.
Tattoos are becoming ever more socially acceptable and people are expressing themselves through the art of tattooing.
My Grandfather has a strong dislike of tattoos and believes that only criminals or sailors have them, though even he can see the beauty in this.
If you walk through the streets of Swansea you will see many people with tattoos. Whether it is to express their love for their local football team, family or religion.
I believe it to be one of the focal points in the life of Jesus Christ along with the crucifixion scene which I also have.
The point behind all my "religious tattoos" is to give me a constant reminder of the morals behind each story when I look into the mirror and it’s part of who I am and who I aim to be’. - Kyle Hopkins
A traditional Welsh dish, Welsh Faggots - prepared by Aaron Wade, Head Chef, Gershwins Restaurant and Cafe.
The word 'faggot' is a corruption of 'fegato', the Italian word for liver.
‘One of my favourite things about Swansea, is you’re never more than ten minutes away from beautiful scenery; especially if you live in the city centre.
It’s one of the reasons why I never wanted to move to London, or even Cardiff’. - Jonathan JK Morris
Royal Navy Sea Cadets practicing kayaking in the Mariner at the mouth of the River Tawe.
The River Tawe and the adjoining Old Copper Quarter, was considered to be the most polluted place on the planet before the Enola Gay dropped ‘Little Boy’ on Hiroshima, Tokyo.
Swansea was once the epicentre of the world's copper industry. Beginning life in 1720 by merchants from Bristol, it became the world's first integrated heavy industrial complex. Two examples of its importance was with providing copper sheeting for the Royal Navy and copper cabling to connect the world telegraphically.
During the 19th century it produced 70% of the world’s copper, ships would transport copper ore from mines all over the world. It was known as Copperopolis.
After the second World War, the copper and mining industries moved on and the land was later reclaimed; turned into retail parks, apartments and public space. It’s also where the new Liberty football/ rugby stadium is situated.
Today what does remain is known as 'The Old Copper Quarter' and runs alongside the River Tawe.
Seventeen years old and originally from Egypt, Neven Korashi has lived in Swansea for ten years, she is currently studying biology, chemistry, maths, history and citizenship (compulsory enrichment for all sixth formers). I met her on a Saturday, she was going from person to person, asking for signatures against the war in Afghanistan; petitioning by herself in Swansea Castle Square and among the shoppers on High Street.
‘For some reason everybody doesn't like Swansea’. - Neven Korashi
Naturally because of my background, I get a lot of people asking me questions. The first two questions are; 'have you ever killed anyone?' The second is 'have you ever been to Iraq?' If they know you've been to Afghanistan, the third question is have you ever seen your mates die, it's really interesting.
The more intelligent question would be 'what is it like?' My answer would be it's horrible, fucking hard. Other people will tell me they respect me and I tell them to shut up, it's just a job. - Kenneth Edward Dowding
Doctor Who Episode: The Doctor's Daughter. Plantasia Parc Tawe.
‘The Doctor and his companions find themselves on the planet Messaline, the backdrop for a war between humans and the Hath that's raged for generations. When Martha is abducted by the Hath, the Doctor and Donna are determined to rescue her. But first the Doctor must come to terms with unexpected fatherhood - and painful memories from his past’. - Dr Who Guide
The Chinese community centre was initially set up in December 1996 by volunteers. Application for funding by the National Lottery Charities Board was successful a year later. The centre provides interpretation and translation services, seminars to increase knowledge, short trips and to improve the quality of life for its members. The centre also promotes Chinese culture and cultural diversity within the Swansea area.
'State and independent schools are rushing to teach the language, spoken by 870 million people, because of the growing importance of China on the world stage. The interest in Mandarin stands in contrast to the decline in modern foreign languages which have suffered a 15 per cent drop in GCSE entry since 2003 when the Government made them optional beyond the age of 14'. - The Telegraph
As Wales is one of six surviving Celtic Nations, it still retains a Celtic dress, language and its traditions.
Morris is derived from the old french personal name Maurice which was introduced to Britain by the Normans but it is a surname of various origins; English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and in some cases German. In Wales, Morris is an Anglicisation of the Welsh surname Meurig.
The Morris name exists as a Welsh and Scottish tartan, though they differ in design. The surname Morris is also associated with one of the fourteen tribes of Galway, Ireland.
Tony Collins, the owner of the Welsh Tartan store in Swansea, handed me a sample of my family's tartan, with that a sense of pride and belonging has grown within me, makes me wish I had £1000 to spare.
Kyung Hee Han
Kyung came to Wales to become a missionary and has lived here for six months. Originally Kyung came annually to the area every summer to attend, 'Celebration for the Nations', an international festival of worship. At the end Kyung’s missionary training, Kyung is going back to South Korea and then will go abroad again to work as a missionary.
‘Because of the Welsh missionary Robert Germaine Thomas, we Korean people consider ourselves spiritually descendant and Welsh people are our spiritual ancestors. We come to Wales to thank and serve Welsh people’.
- Kyung Hee Han from South Korea.
The BBC big screen was installed in Castle Square in 2008; in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Cinderella is being shown on the BBC Big Screen.
Swansea also has the only 50m swimming pool in Wales. All those hoping to compete in the Olympics across South Wales will train there.
If you wanted to arrange to meet somebody in the city centre, you'd just say - ‘let's meet in Castle okay’?
Tucker's Fresh Fish
Tucker's Fresh Fish has existed in Swansea since it was founded in 1917. The business has remained in the Tucker family for over three generations.
Neil Tucker sources fresh fish from all over the UK, from afar North as Scotland, to all the way down to Plymouth Fish Market. Where possible, Neil buys locally as it's quicker and logistically simpler, but it depends on the seasonal changes within Swansea Bay.
Typically the Spring fishing season brings the Skate and Cod, Summer brings in the Sea Bass and Lobsters, the Autumn offers Flounders and Gurnard, Winter will result in Cod and Plaice.
Mohammed Al Imran
Mohammed Al Imran - Vice Chairman of Swansea Mosque and Community Centre
‘I got involved in the Swansea Mosque in 2007, enjoying the work and trying to keep the community happy. My main focus is to complete the new Mosque project, we would like to build it as soon as possible. Soon we will be fundraising on a Sky TV channel called Channel S. Meaning everybody around the world can donate to our cause.
I came in 1987 to see the city and to visit my sister. Having arrived I started to like it here; the people in the city and the surrounding area are so nice. Soon I got involved in a business, currently I work as a travel agent and in a few other businesses’. - Mohammed Al Imra
James Morris, born 1963 in Griffithstown, Wales. Studied Medieval & Modern History at the UCL. James stood in this exact position to take a similar picture that features in his 2010 book 'A Landscape of Wales'. James's Grandparents were originally from Swansea and has had a connection with the city all his life.
In his book, James Morris reflects upon issues of identity, exploitation and regeneration, in addition, he contrasts differing realities of the Welsh landscape; those seen by tourists and those people living in Wales.
‘On a sunny day where the Tower restaurant is, I think if they made the most of that and built along the seafront, it would be phenomenal’. - Jonathan W. Roach
In reference to people's reactions when HMS have to close the roads:
‘I like Swansea, it's alright, there's no trouble here. In Liverpool I've been shot at with an air rifle, in Bristol I've had a knife thrown in my direction and one time a guy set his Rottweiler on me. He said he was going down for GBH anyway so his dog might has well have some fun. We worked it out once, we re-surface a thousand square metres a week, but it's got to get done, it's hard graft just like the Second World War’. - Ashleigh Maple
The Gower, Swansea.
‘Thin Places are ports in the storm of life, where the pilgrims can move closer to the God they seek, where one leaves that which is familiar and journeys in, to the Divine Presence.
They are stopping places where men and women are given pause to wonder about what lies beyond the mundane rituals, the grief, trials and boredom of our day-to-day life.
They probe to the core of the human heart and open the pathway that leads to satisfying the familiar hungers and yearnings common to all people on earth, the hunger to be connected, to be a part of something greater, to be loved, to find peace’. - Mindie Burgoyne, Walking Through Thin Places
The Ospreys in training at Llandarcy.
The Ospreys are one of the five original clubs of the Welsh Regional Rugby Era. The Ospreys represent Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea and areas of the Swansea Valley. They are the first team to have won the Celtic League twice. The league consists of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy. The Ospreys also provided thirteen of the starting line-up for Wales in their Six Nations match against England in 2008, setting a new record for the number of players from one region playing for their national side.
The Ospreys share their stadium with Swansea A.F.C.
Ruby Maddock was the first female Junior rower in Swansea, she's represented Wales and is a qualified coach. Currently studying History of Art and Material Studies at UCL.
Ruby was inspired to take up rowing after watching the Oxford boat race in London, she finds rowing in a single skull in the Mariner imposing because you feel really exposed by the water traffic. She doesn't know if they (those with larger boats) really know how vulnerable they are rowing on their own. In a Quad with a crew, it feels much safer, especially with a cox.
‘You have to be mad to be a rower because of the pain and the weather.
I've always lived in Swansea and lived by the sea. Whenever I come back from London I love the smell of the air here, just to return here feels calm’. - Ruby Maddock
‘A Swansea Jack is a sought after sailor. Ships came from all over the world. Swansea was a very busy port. My Dad was what we called a Pier Jumper. Out of work men and boys at the end of the depression use to stand on the end of the pier waiting for the ships to shout at what they needed such as a cabin boy.
Ta-ra Ma'am I may not be back tonight, I might be in Abu Dhabi!
Swansea is a port town and there have always been all sorts living here. People are very tolerant in Swansea. The Mariner was the center of life. Anybody who was anybody was there’. - Vassilia Jefferies
‘I remember what my Gran was telling me going as far back as 1869. She use to tell me about her boyfriend at the time, when he use to work on the ships and when coming back into port, she had to beat back the other girls with a stick’. - Sid Kidwell, the Lord Mayor’s Warden.
Anthony Jardine, IT Consultant for Computer@id, born in Singapore along with his brother, his Grandad was Scottish and his Dad was in the RAF.
Jardine is a Celtic name of Scottish ancestry. The clan Jardine is a lowland Scottish clan. Members of the Jardine family travelled with William the Conqueror during the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Jardine is a boy's name of French origin, it means 'garden'.
‘I've lived in Swansea for forty years since I was six and I've always liked Swansea.
Toga, Dennis and Shelia were the town tramps, they themselves were interesting landmarks in Swansea that people would talk to. That was something I loved about Swansea. Today there is only Tea Cosy Pete, he's been here since God had a dog, a lot of people talk to him though about tax advice, I'm not sure why.
I use to walk down to Fredrick place and always wondered why the Mormons would stop me. I later found out that Mormons believe there was a war in heaven. White people fought for God and black people fought for the Devil, so if you converted a black man, you would have a slave for eternity when you reached heaven’. - Anthony Jardine
Alexander Road. An area of Conservation.
Anca Birliga from Bucharest, Romania, a Doctor working in A&E.
The NHS was built with the help of immigrant workers and professionals from across the world. Thousands of doctors immigrated from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka during the 1950s, 60s and 70s; recruited by a health service afflicted by an acute post-war shortage of medical staff.
‘Many settled in the UK permanently, often despite intending to return home, because the value of their contribution was recognised. The NHS was based on, and is now run on, diversity. We know that 30% of the NHS professionals were born overseas. Without them, the NHS would come to a standstill’. - Mr Keshav Singhal
‘People’s fears about non-EU immigration are based on belief not reality. Despite headlines to the contrary, Britain is not a particularly high-migration country’. - Kailash Chand, a GP since 1983 and writes for Guardian online.
Torchwood episode: Children of Earth. Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
BBC Wales have repeatedly used this location as a replacement for larger, more authoritative and grander buildings pretending to be Thames House and the Natural History Museum, London. The Brangwyn Hall has achieved through fantasy what it couldn't achieve in real life; a capital city. The Brangwyn Hall almost became the site for the Welsh Assembly instead of in Cardiff.
‘I've lived all my life in Swansea, except for two years working in North London. Both my parents and all my grandparents were born in Swansea. Swansea has been called the biggest village in Britain, it has all you would need from a city.
My original introduction to Freemasonry was back in 1979, but I moved to London to work before I could join. Flash forward to 2005 and I asked a friend who was 'on the square' how I could join (if you want to be one, ask one) and I was put forward and accepted into Freemasonry within that same year.
There are twenty-two lodges in the temple on St Helens Road, on average we meet eight or nine times a year and donate a lot of time and money to charitable causes in Swansea and across the nation. The Freemasons are the second biggest donors to charity behind the National Lottery’. - Peter Harris, small business owner and a third Degree Master Mason; a necessity for participation in most aspects of Masonry.
Reverend Alison Jones
The Reverend Alison Jones of St Mary’s Church.
Wrote a report as part of her Practical Theology course while training at St Mary's in 2009 with a reflection on the film 'Demolition Man'.
An excerpt - ‘Reflection on St Mary's triggered parallels in my mind with the film Demolition Man, where different groups of people in the futuristic city exist alongside each other; those citizens living the 'utopian' ideal in a 'politically correct' environment where anything beyond their own interests was ignored, those ostensibly responsible for the city but who did not have a hands-on approach in times of trouble, and 'the scraps' on the edge of it all.
And then there were the 'scraps'. Thinking again about Demolition Man and the sub-culture that existed in that city - the homeless and the imperfect - reminded me that they lived together out of sight until they forcibly made their presence felt. It did seem that one purpose of pastoral care for the vulnerable of the city of Swansea was not just for individuals, but as Lyall suggests, in 'seeking the transformation of the social and political situations which are the cause of human misery.
In 'Demolition Man' the rescuer breaks down walls and boundaries - literally and figuratively, the anti-hero is defeated, and a more integrated reality results. For me, Christ alone can be the 'Demolition man' that unites groups within the benefice and the contact between them - the one 'from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God’.
Constitution Hill, Swansea.
Whenever I attempted to walk up Constitution Hill, I was always reminded of the little Baker Boy in the Hovis advert delivering bread to Old Ma Begerty. - Jonathan JK Morris
Reproduced and modified with kind permission by Frank Austin.
Robert Jermain Thomas
It was a Welshman, Robert Jermain Thomas who was the first missionary to Korea to spread the word of Jesus. He was by all accounts an expert linguist and had learnt Mandarin in only four months. For a short while he was a lecturer in China.
In 1866, Robert was chosen for a failed expedition on board an American Warship to open a trade route to Korea. The American crew and Robert were beheaded by the then Isolationist Korean government and his bibles were either destroyed or used as wallpaper.
Over time curiosity caused the words to be read and it started the Christian faith in Korea: sparking an interest in the origins of Robert Jermain Thomas. Wales and Korea were given a spiritual bond by God.
‘For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him’. - Isaiah 53:2 - Old Testament. Provided by Jae Lee.
The Williams family has lived in Swansea since 2004, they were granted a permanent right to stay in 2010 under the Legacy policy after six years dealing with the various processes and procedures involving the Tribunal Court, High Court and the Home Office.
The Williams family were ready to board their plane waiting to be deported by the Home Office when the judge finally granted their asylum status. That decision was based on meeting certain criteria; their human rights, their length of time in the UK and whether their children have adopted the culture of the UK.
Over three thousand residents signed a petition to keep the Williams family in Swansea. They escaped from Pakistan for fear of persecution.
‘99.9% of all asylum cases are refused’. - George Williams from Karachi, Pakistan.
Kenneth Edward Dowding
Kenneth Edward Dowding, served two tours of Afghanistan and done one tour of Iraq. Currently in his tenth year as a Lance Bombardier in the seventh Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and is in his second year playing with the Ospreys.
‘I've always played a good level of Rugby since joining the Army, played for a few professional clubs. But I had to take time out to go to Afghanistan, it was when I was out there that I made the decision to move positions, so it's given me another ten years of playing Rugby at a high level.
Swansea is nice, but similar and different to Colchester (having been based there) at the same time. Similar because of its nightlife; having a high University population, but during the day, it seems a lot more chilled out and placid. Since I've been here, I've felt I have been able to relax’. - Kenneth Edward Dowding
Joining the Ospreys has meant Kenneth is able to plan his eventual life outside the Army. At the moment he can be called up at a moments notice if required. But while playing for the Ospreys, it lets him be an aspirational example towards younger people with both the Army and the Rugby club benefitting from the exposure and publicity’.
The Mumbles, a small community neighbouring Swansea in the bay. Originally named by a conquering French Army as 'Mamillae' (Latin for breasts) because of the silhouettes the islands made in Mumbles.
The world's first fare paying passenger railway service operated here between Swansea to the Mumbles on 25th March 1807, the same day as the British Parliament abolished the transportation of slaves from Africa.
It was dismantled much to the outrage and dismay of those living in Swansea on January the 5th 1960, the day the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan began a six-week tour of Britain's current and former African colonies.
Ray Blanchette, a BTS Telecoms Engineer, formerly in the Royal Signals and currently self-employed by contracting himself out to telecommunication companies.
"I've been coming to Swansea on jobs for seven years. A lot has developed and grown over that time, especially the Mariner. Up here you're likely to see all sorts, I've seen a gunfight, a friend of mine even saw a porn shoot, both neither actually in Swansea. I built the original BT telephone exchange in Swansea. At the moment I'm adding a third carrier frequency for data and voice for both T-Mobile and Three".
In 2009, the highest take-up of mobile broadband in Wales was in Swansea at 16%, the UK average was 12%. In Swansea more than 40 percent of consumers accessed the internet via their mobile phones, more than double the figure for Cardiff at 18% and again higher than the UK average at 20 per cent.
When asked which items consumers in Wales were likely to cut back on in the recession, 49 per cent would choose to cut back on DIY, 41 per cent on going out for dinner and 39 per cent on holidays. This compares with only 16 per cent who would cut back on mobile phone spend, 15 per cent on TV subscriptions and 8 per cent on their broadband services.
In 2011 the Government announced £56.9 million additional funding for broadband in Wales, this is just over a tenth of the Government's broadband investment fund for the UK.
Swansea to Cork
In 2006 the ferry service from Swansea to Cork halted without any warning to businesses and the tourism industry that depended on it. The previous company known affectionately by those disrupted by the loss of the ferry, (named for legal reasons as 'S****** C*** F****') hoped to resume the service with a new ferry in 2007.
That didn't happen and made the businesses that depended on the ferry in South Wales and especially the Southern areas of the Irish Republic mostly unsustainable over the long term.
In 2008 a co-operative of small investors from both sides of the Irish Sea, formed to bring the service back. The 'People's Ferry', is the nickname that has become attached to the new ferry service that started operating in 2010; bringing life back to those communities affected.
Brenden Rogers the manager of Swansea A.F.C during their promotion to the Premier League poses with fans.
It’s hoped Swansea's presence in the Premier League will put the city on an international stage every week and will attract tens of thousands of new visitors to the city.
I'm interested in what being in the Premiership will bring to the local economy. - Mohammed Al Imran
We are higher than Cardiff now because of the football. - Vassilia Jefferies
A New Home
The church with it's twin tower design is now a Grade II listed building. It was originally founded in 1862 as St. Andrew's Church. Built in 1864 by Scottish immigrants. At the time it was Swansea's only Presbyterian church. It later became a United Reformed Church before falling into dereliction during the 1980's. In 1997 the church was purchased by the Muslim community and renovation plans began.
The new Mosque is due to become the largest Mosque in Wales, when it is completed it will be able to hold 1500 attendees in a single sitting. At the moment, the existing Mosque (converted from two terraced houses) has to double their services in order to accommodate everyone.
Chris 'Monkey' Matthews's apartment, Defatty Flats.
‘I was brought up in the Gower, on a good day it looks like the South of France.
The Gower is very much a fantasy land, when you think of the smugglers, secret tunnels, ship wrecks, the sense of history, remains in caves and beyond. There was romanticism there with my childhood’. - Jonathan W. Roach
It is the first beauty spot in the UK to receive the 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB) status back in 1956. It was also hailed by the Independent as the 'British super-model of beaches', and is listed in the Sunday Times - '25 Best Beaches in the World'.
The Gower was recently discovered as having the oldest cave art in the UK.
‘The moon turns the water silver. It's too beautiful to capture on camera. The sea is never the same colour, there are always lots of rainbows. There has to be an upside living in Rhossili village because you can get cut off by the weather or run out of milk and you question why you're living here’. - Rev. Alison Jones
The new Mosque is due to become the largest Mosque in Wales, when it is completed it will be able to hold 1500 attendees in a single sitting. At the moment, the existing Mosque (converted from two terraced houses) has to double their services in order to accommodate everyone.
‘You have A Good Friday, we have a Good Friday but every Friday’. - Kabir Ahmed Treasurer of Swansea Mosque and Community Centre.
Tammie Alex Court
Tammie Alex Court; the only female free runner in the Swansea area. She is a member of Kinetics Wales; the first official free-running Parkour team in Wales. Living in Ammanford, a satellite town near Swansea. She makes the daily one hour bus journey into the city to hang out with friends and to practise her sport.
In a very matter of fact manner, Tammie mentioned: ‘I started playing rugby when I was six, how do you think I got these legs’?
Tammie is just about to start her College course in Outdoor Education; a course that teaches leadership by taking other children out rock climbing, coastal steering, gorge walking, go-karting, horse riding and pretty much any activity involving the outdoors.
‘I originally wanted to be a model but realised too many women are doing it, everybody wants to be a model so there is no point. Now I want to be a youth worker. I'm not sure how I will get there but I will be planning the next two years. I'm going to think about how to pay the University fees as well.
I love everything about this place’. - Tammie Alex Court, with reference to her feelings about Swansea.
Welsh Raerebit - The King of Cheese on Toast. Jonathan W. Roach, proprietor of Gershwins, Swansea.
Ingredients: Welsh Mature Cheddar, a drop of Ale, English Mustard, Cheyanne Pepper, Worcester sauce, Sage leaves and Onions on thick toasted bread from Swansea Market.
Chris Monkey Matthews
Chris 'Monkey' Matthews, but also goes by the name 'Diesel'.
Served in the Royal regiment of Wales for 10 years with tours in Berlin, Aldershot, Belize, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland. Chris was shot at while supporting a bomb disposal unit in Ireland when he was hit twice, once in the side and took one in the leg. His leg would have been lost had the 50p in his pocket not slowed the impact of the second bullet.
Today Chris isn't able to work because he suffers from Uticareia and Epilepsy. Chris is also allergic to penicillin, pethidine, aspirin and alcohol. However, Chris has:
jumped out of a 13th floor balcony for charity onto an air bag, climbed up to his apartment after being locked out, 4000 DVD's which are stored in alphabetical order, John Lennon's glasses; he pair he was wearing when he was assassinated, a copy of John Lennon's birth certificate, every book from the Commando series; 4418 at the time of writing but gets annoyed with re-issues because it means he owns the same story twice, a bullet with his name on it, cycled from Swansea to Denmark, 59 model motorbikes, over 100 Dragons, all the original singles and LP's from the Beatles, spent £90 on Pete Best's signature and imported it from America while thinking he was dead, until he met him, won Kung-Fu National Open Championships Wrexham 1986, won British Kick Boxing Union Welsh Welter Weight Championships 1987, won Kung-Fu Championships British Open tournament London 1989, met Max Boyce, Pete Best, David Essex, Susie Quattro, Hulk Hogan, Steven Segal, the cast from Allo Allo and Heidi Hi, the Eagles, the Searchers, Jonathon Morris and Showady Wady.
"Life is for living. If you want to do something you have to do it today otherwise why bother. Do it when you can. I'll do things on the spur of the moment because it might never happen again".
SWANSEA TOWN by John Davies
I'm going home to Swansea Town, the day is nearly dawning. I'm going home to that sea-port sound, one lovely seatown morning.
And she'll be waiting there for me, and she'll be glad to see me. And I'll not leave my town again, a fortune won't persuade me.
Chorus: Once more I'll wander through the valley, see that lovely golden shore. let others search the whole world over, I'm coming home, home once more.
Those early days in my home town, those years we spent together. Oh, all too soon, they slip away, they'll stay with me forever.