Swansea Libraries celebrate city's 50th anniversary as a city

Swansea libraries joining city’s 50th anniversary celebrations

All of the Labour-led Council’s libraries are joining in the summer of celebrations for Swansea’s 50th anniversary as a city.

Every library will be hosting events featuring games, craft, reading challenges, displays and Sixties-themed parties for all ages.

Labour Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, revealed that thousands of people had already joined in many of the events organised to celebrate Swansea’s golden year and there is more to come.

He said: “Our libraries are staging a whole range of events and activities dedicated to their own areas of the city and many are on a street party-style theme. All of them are free and all are welcome to come along.

“The 50th anniversary of our city adds yet another reason for families to check out what’s going on at their local library.

“Throughout the summer break our libraries are always a hive of holiday activity with free events for parents and carers to bring the children such as rhyme times and craft events and in particular the Summer Reading Challenge, Space Chase, which is a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

“For adults there is the popular August is for Authors author talks, scrabble clubs and even yoga sessions in some places for those looking for a bit of rest and relaxation.”

It was on July 3, 1969, that Prince Charles came to Swansea to announce that it was to be given city status. The formal announcement took place on December 10 that year.

Among the highlights of the celebrations so far has been the Wales Airshow which broke attendance records again this year as it also included a special Swansea 50 Airshow After Dark evening event

Added attractions this summer have also included gigs in Singleton Park by the Stereophonics, DJ Pete Tong and Jess Glynne as well as Freedom of the City celebrations for Catherine Zeta Jones, Alun Wyn Jones and the 157 (Welsh) Regiment.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: “It’s been a great celebration so far and there’s more to come.”

To find out more about library events, the vote for the greatest Swansea Icon and lots more go to www.swansea50.co.uk.

 

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