Re­stored me­mo­rial to Dy­lan is un­veiled

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

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.

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