Actors mark historic battle to save Llangyndeyrn from being flooded
YOUNG actors in the Gwendraeth Valley performed to a sell out crowd to celebrate an historic battle to save their village from being drowned.
Youngsters from Llangyndeyrn took to the stage last week to perform a dramatisation of actual events, which took place in 1963.
The show, called Mewn Undod Mae Nerth – Strength in Unity, was performed as part of the 50th anniversary of the historic victory to save Llangyndeyrn.
In 1963, residents in Llangyndeyrn united to save their village from flooding, after it was earmarked for a new reservoir which would supply Swansea with water.
Mewn Undod Mae Nerth was performed by actors between seven and 21 years from Theatr Ieuenctid Menter Cwm Gwendraeth based in Pontyberem.
Musical director Gwenda Owen said: “It was a real privilege for Theatr Ieuenctid Cwm Gwendraeth to be a part of the Dathlu Achub Llangyndeyrn celebrations. It was also a great responsibility.
“We were dramatising real events and real people who were involved in the fight to save their village. Some of those people actually came to see the play, so it was important we got it right.”
A DVD of the show has also been produced and will be available soon from Cwtsh Gloyn Welsh book shop in Pontyberem.
Also this week MP Jonathan Edwards tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons paying tribute to the campaigners of Llangyndeyrn and their 1963 fight to protect their village from flooding.
Mr Edwards said the motion in Westminster is a way in which Parliamentarians could formally acknowledge the events on 1963 and pay tribute to the peaceful resistance of the people which led to Swansea Water Corporation withdrawing their plans.
He said: “Only with the recent celebrations has the historical campaign of fifty years ago had the recognition it deserves.”