Unveiling of memorial stone to Dylan Thomas

Friday, November 9, 2018

On 9th November 1963, ten years after the death of Dylan Thomas, a memorial stone was unveiled at Cwmdonkin Park - Dylan's "...world within a world of the sea-town...". The pennant sandstone rock from Cwmrhydyceirw Quarry in Morriston was carved by the late Ronald Cour, a schoolmate of Dylan at Swansea Grammar School. At the unveiling fifty five years ago to the day, Dylan's great friend Vernon Watkins read Dylan's Cwmdonkin poem - Hunchback in the Park.

The stone was paid for by the owners of Caedmon Records, Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Mantell, who famously recorded Dylan reading many of his works including the first performance of Under Milk Wood at the Kauffman Auditorium in New York

In the intervening years the stone has become a place of pilgrimage for Dylan enthusiasts but had suffered from the growth of moss and natural erosion of the surface.

In a partnership between the Dylan Thomas Society, the Dylan Thomas Birthplace, the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park and the four local City Councillors the stone has been cleaned and restored by monumental masons G Williams and Son of Gorseinon.

We are delighted that Glenys Cour, the wife of Ronald, will unveil the restored stone on Friday 9th November at 11.00am and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments after at the bowls pavilion cafe - the location for the showdown in Dylan's love triangle Patricia, Edith and Arnold.

RSVP to the Society at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea SA2 0RA or info@dylanthomassociety.com or 01792 472555

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