Llangyndeyrn celebrates 50 years since epic battle
HALF a century ago the village of Llangyndeyrn was on the verge of being wiped off the map.
The area was earmarked for a new reservoir which would supply Swansea with water, but through unity and stubbornness the people of Llangyndeyrn saved their village.
A documentary called Brwydr Llangyndeyrn will be shown on Sunday, revisiting the protests and struggles of 1963.
Presenter Sharon Morgan grew up just outside Llangyndeyrn and believes the documentary is an important way of keeping the village's story alive.
She said: "This is the story about a small community that challenges the powers of the state.
"It fills me with confidence about what our communities can achieve.
"I hope people will now come to know about their battle for survival and understand its profoundly important message – that we can stand up against seemingly invincible forces and that nothing is impossible."
The documentary kicks off a week of celebrations to mark the local population's historic achievement.
On Sunday an exhibition on the struggle opens in the Church Hall.
On Monday and Tuesday the area's children will perform "Mewn Undod Mae Nerth", a play explaining the events of 1963.
On Wednesday Ysgol Llangyndeyrn's pupils will be treated to the red carpet, big screen premier of "Yma o Hyd", a play they performed in July to mark the anniversary.
Friday sees a black tie gala evening and on Saturday Dafydd Iwan will be among the acts performing at a grand concert.
S4C will return to the village on Sunday to film Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol from Llangyndeyrn Church.
The drowning of Capel Celyn in North Wales is a reminder of what could have happened had the Llangyndeyrn campaign failed. Residents are determined to keep the spirit of 63 alive and make sure future generations never forget their ancestors' battles.
Brwydr Llangyndeyrn will be shown on S4C on Sunday at 8.30pm, with English subtitles available.
For more information about the week's festivities visit www.llangyndeyrn.org.