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Prince of Wales spends day in South Wales

Prince Charles has been in South Wales today to celebrate anniversaries and achievements.

He started at the offices of the Abergavenny Chronicle meeting staff and celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Brecon and Radnor Express.

After then he visited Tredegar House to meet the mentors who have been helping the over fifties get back into work. He finished the day at the Ewenny Priory.

Megan Boot reports.

Prince Charles visits South Wales

Prince Charles will unveil two commemorative plaques Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales will help celebrate the 125th anniversary of a local newspaper during a day-long visit to Wales later.

He begins in Abergavenny meeting staff at the local newspaper and marking a milestone anniversary of a sister publication, the Brecon and Radnor Express.

Later he is due to visit historic Tredegar House, near Newport, and attend a reception for one of his charities.

PRIME Cymru, the Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise in Wales, and supporters will be attending a celebration of its Enterprise Mentoring programme.

The Prince's pre-Christmas visit to Wales concludes in the afternoon with a tour to Ewenny Priory, near Bridgend.

The priory is the most complete Norman church in South Wales, and remains at the centre of a thriving Christian community.

Before leaving the church, the Prince will listen to carols sung by children from the choir of St Brides Major Church in Wales Primary School.

Prince: Poetry 'inspires appreciation of Welsh landscape'


Prince of Wales records Dylan Thomas poem

Prince Charles visited Thomas' boathouse in Laugharne in July Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales will mark National Poetry Day with a recording of one of his favourite Dylan Thomas poems, 'Fern Hill'.

Prince Charles is Royal Patron of The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival and attended his boathouse in Laugharne in July to celebrate the 2014 centenary of the poet's birth.

Thomas lived at the Boathouse with his wife Caitlin and their children, Aeronwy, Llewelyn and Colm from 1949 to 1953 - the last four years of his life.

The Prince of Wales said:

"For National Poetry Day, I was very glad, if somewhat hesitant! - to be able to record a reading of one of my person favourites, 'Fern Hill', with its poignant and moving evocation of a rural west Wales childhood.

I cannot help feeling this is one of the great legacies of Thomas' poetry - that it inspires people to appreciate the incomparable landscape of Wales".

William Sieghart, the Founder of National Poetry Day, welcomed The Prince's recording:

"There's no mistaking The Prince of Wales' love of this moving poem. I hope many will follow his wonderful example on National Poetry Day. This is a day to find a poem you love and share it."

Dylan Thomas' grand-daughter, Hannah Ellis, is also a Patron of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival. She said:

"I was so pleased to meet The Prince at my grandfather's birthplace in Swansea in his capacity as Royal Patron, and then again with The Duchess of Cornwall at the boathouse.

It's fantastic that he is closely involving himself in our centenary celebrations with a reading that my grandfather would have loved, of a poem that meant so much to him and our family."

Celebrating Dylan Thomas on National Poetry Day

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