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S4C remembers 70 years since the Swansea Blitz

16/02/2011

This Friday, S4C’s weekday magazine programme Wedi 7 remembers the devastating Blitz that brought Swansea to its knees in 1941.

The special edition of Wedi 7 on Friday, 18 February at 7.00pm, will broadcast live from the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea as Angharad Mair meets some of the city’s residents who remember those three frightful days when the bombs fell.

Among those sharing their personal memories will be Miriam Evans of Dreboeth who sheltered in the Noddfa Chapel vestry during the raids and Sally Hughes who was caught amidst the devastation in the city centre.

Over three days in February 1941, Swansea was mercilessly bombed by Hitler’s Luftwaffe killing 230 of the city’s residents and destroying or damaging over ten thousand buildings. The whole area was shaken by the eerie sound of the warning sirens, the rumbling aircraft engines and destructive explosions.

We’ll hear more from historians Dr John Davies, Professor Gareth Williams and Dylan Rees of the Swansea Metropolitan University who’ll give us the historical context of the Blitz and how the city rebuilt itself from the rubble.

Also, Morriston Rugby Club Male Voice Choir will join us to perform a touching rendition of Waldo Williams’ famous Welsh poem ‘Y Tangnefeddwyr’ which was inspired by the Swansea Blitz.

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