Television from Wrexham? You must be joking!

 
Tim Hartley with Aled Wyn Phillips
Chairman Tim Hartley (left) with Aled Wyn Phillips

The Wales Centre’s annual Welsh language event on August 3rd at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham was a lively look back at classic television and film archive associated with the area.  Aled Wyn Phillips grew up in the area, started his television career working with HTV, and is now Head of Trails at S4C.

The talk's title ‘Dwi wedi bod ene’ referred to the area's distinctive Welsh language dialect, evident in one clip from the innovative comedy series, 'Mostyn Flint', and in the comic antics of Breian Lloyd Jones, played by actor Dyfed Thomas, who provided an off-beat alternative guide to the area.  Other famous names included Meredith Edwards, who appeared in several classic Ealing Comedies, football legend Mark Hughes’ cameo appearance in the comedy 'C'mon Midffild', and Wrexham striker Joey Jones, whose Welsh greeting reminded us of the club's glory days.

Aled's well-researched presentation also included film archive of the Gresford Colliery disaster, and a fascinating documentary, presented by historian, Gwyn Alf Williams, about local volunteers who joined the International Socialist Brigade to fight in the Spanish civil war.  This stroll through the archive treasures reminded us of the talent this somewhat forgotten area of Wales has given television.

 
Tim Hartley
(Chair: Wales Centre)