Swansea @ 40!
4th July 2009
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This year sees our beloved city of Swansea turn 40!  Here at The Best of Swansea we think that even after 40 years of being a city, she's looking good!

on July 3rd 1969, Prince Charles stood on the steps of the Guildhall to break the news that the town of Swansea was officially going to become a city.  This year children in local schools are going to be buying time capsules to mark the occasion.

A lot has happened to Swansea since 1969, here are some of the highlights


1969: Catherine Zeta Jones was born
1973: The DVLC in Swansea introduces the yellow reflective number plate for vehicles for the first time
1977: The Queen opens the Swansea leisure centre
1978: The Quadrant shopping centre opens
1981: Swansea City FC promoted to football's First Division
1983: Bonnie Tyler reaches No 1 with Total Eclipse Of The Heart
1992: Swansea RFC beat world champions Australia at St Helen's
1995: Former US president Jimmy Carter opens The Dylan Thomas Centre as the city hosted its Year of Literature.
1997: Cult film Twin Town, set in Swansea, is released
2003: Catherine Zeta Jones wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar
2005: The Liberty Stadium and the £33m National Waterfront Museum both open
2008: The Queen opens the refurbished leisure centre, the newly named LC
2009: 2,510 people break the world record for being dressed as smurfs, at Oceana nightclub ( students from both of the universities in the city played a big part )

Swansea officially gained "City" status in December of 1969, so here are The Best of Swansea we want to know what do you want to do to celebrate? Send your suggestions to us via email swansea@thebestof.co.uk or call us on 01792 720 101
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