Restored memorial to Dylan is unveiled
DYLAN Thomas’s memorial stone is set to be unveiled in Cwndonkin Park today following a restoration project - 55 years to the day since its first unveiling.
The project has been co-ordinated by local groups and will be unveiled by Glenys Cour, the wife of the late Ronald Cour, a schoolmate of Dylan at Swansea Grammar School who sculpted the original.
The pennant sandstone rock came from Cwmrhydyceirw Quarry in Morriston and was paid for by the owners of Caedmon Records, Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Mantell.
At the unveiling 55 years ago, Dylan’s friend Vernon Watkins read Dylan’s Cwmdonkin poem – Hunchback in the Park.
In the intervening years the stone became a place of pilgrimage for Dylan enthusiasts, but in recent years had suffered from the growth of moss and natural erosion of its surface.
In a partnership between the Dylan Thomas Society, the Dylan Thomas Birthplace, the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park and the city councillors Irene Mann, Peter May, Mary Sherwood and Nick Davies, the stone has been cleaned and restored by monumental masons G Williams and Son of Gorseinon.