Centenary of memories for Swansea YMCA celebrations
IN 1952, Sketty girl Valerie Mullins represented her country as a member of Great Britain’s Olympic gymnastic team.
But it was only thanks to the training and hours of practice she had put in at the YMCA on the Kingsway, which next weekend (Oct 12)
celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Valerie, long since married and now Jones not Mullins, was just one of the people who responded to an appeal by the YMCA managers published in The Evening Post earlier this year, for people to send in their memories and photos of the building over the years.
Valerie said: “I used to cycle in from Sketty, and then drag my bicycle all the way to the top to train, and then back down afterwards and cycle home!”.
Valerie’s story will be one of those on display at the YMCA next Saturday (Oct 12), when it holds its centenary celebrations. The open day features free workshops and tasters sessions, including graffiti, music recording, fitness classes, children’s zumba, video, street dance and entertainment.
Chief executive Anne-Marie Rogan said: “It is an opportunity to celebrate a 100 years of our building serving the community in Swansea, showcase our services and say thank you to those who have supported the organisation over the years. Being at the heart of our community is what makes this organisation vibrant and real.”
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