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Dylan Celebrations at His Birthplace

House in Uplands will mark centenary of poet's birth

The birthplace of Dylan Thomas in Swansea will today (Monday) mark the culmination of a year events leading up to the centenary of his birth.

The house in Cwmdonkin Drive in Uplands will celebrate today's centenary ... but with the added controversy over a difference in time.

Most people believe he was born at 11pm. However, Geoff Haden, who owns Dylan's birthplace, has a different opinion.

He said: "We will be celebrating his time of birth at 7.00pm since Addy Drew who was the live in maid for two years was present at the birth and recalls that time.

"She also recalls Mr Thomas going to the pub to celebrate and was so drunk when he returned that she had to help him off with his boots.

"The only other time mentioned is by Dylan thirty years later, whose mother said it was 11pm - around the same time she thought Dylan was born in 1915 so not a very reliable witness!"

Between 4pm and 5pm today, Dylan's granddaughter Hannah Ellis will unveil a fingerpost in the front garden pointing to all the key places in Dylan's life - London, New York, Laugharne, Oxford, New Quay, Mumbles and Cwmdonkin Park.

Geoff added: "It is fitting that Hannah performs the task, as her late mother Aeronwy unveiled the blue plaque on the front of the house when it was opened in 2009 after a three-year restoration programme.

"It was changed from a semi derelict house into the condition it's in now - which might be how it looked when bought as a new house by the Thomas family a few months before Dylan was born in the front bedroom.

"Many of the stars of the Dylathon at the Grand Theatre will be popping in during the day, the kettle will be on and Welsh cakes cooking on the bakestone.

"With the last portrait of Dylan, which was painted by Gordon Stuart also on show in public for the first time, this is going to be a great start to next year and a fitting tribute to the place where Dylan wrote two thirds of his published work."

And it's not just the Uplands area that have been celebrating the great poet's 100th birthday.

A listener sent us this image from her bird's-eye view in the Meridian Tower of a sand sculpture being drawn into the beach at Swansea Bay.

Special thanks to Mackenzie Mackie for sending this to us!

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