Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Journey from Swansea town to Swansea City celebrated online

THE historic steps in Swansea's journey from town to city status are celebrated in an online exhibition.

Video footage of key moments in the countdown to city status has been brought together by the West Glamorgan Archive Service to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the announcement in 1969.

Prince Charles made the announcement from the steps of the Guildhall on July 3 just two days after his investiture at Caernarfon Castle and the honour was officially granted five months later.

The video footage includes the ceremony in the Guildhall as well as sections on the road to city status and the text of the city status charter presented to Swansea by the Prince of Wales.

And people can even travel back in time thanks to information that's included on Swansea in 1969 and Swansea's first royal charter granted by King John in 1215.

Councillor Graham Thomas, Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said: "Many events and activities have been lined up to mark the anniversary of the historic announcement but the online exhibition is a great reference tool for people interested in finding out about the history of city status and just how different Swansea was in 1969 compared to nowadays."

Visit the features section of http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=30127 to have a look at the exhibition.

Call the Archives Service on 01792 636589 for more information.


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