Lord Mayor's column: A tale of two cities
IT'S a tale of two cities this week as I'm undertaking a civic visit to Berlin to meet students from the ABB Training Centre.
The students visit Swansea every year as part of a management training programme, they also have a centre in Mannheim, one of our twin cities. I'll be representing Swansea at a meeting at the British Embassy in Berlin. It will be a new experience for me.
Normally we entertain ambassadors on our own patch here in Swansea, so being a guest at a diplomatic event in a foreign country will definitely be a good experience.
But, before I go I'll be attending the West Glamorgan Scouts AGM. We owe a huge thank you to all the volunteers in the Scout movement in West Glamorgan who freely give up their time to help young people develop practical skills and creative talents.
While I'm away I know civic life will be in the capable hands of the Deputy Lord Mayor, councillor Ceinwen Thomas, who will be attending a couple of very special events on my behalf. She will have the pleasure of unveiling a new and exquisite embroidery panel inspired by copper featuring a map of Hafod Copperworks at Swansea Museum.
The Council's Lifelong Learning Service (LLETs) and the National Library of Wales are working on a project which has been made possible by the legacy of Eluned Gymraes Davies, the first Principal of Bryn House which offered adult education classes just after the end of the Second World War.
The panel will go on show at Swansea Museum as part of their exhibition, 'Copperopolis'. This just goes to show we have some very talented needle crafters in our city.
I know Cllr Thomas will also enjoy the official re-opening of Cwmdonkin Park at the weekend, the park made famous by Dylan Thomas, following a major refurbishment. It's been completed in time for the 100th anniversary of the poet's birth next year.
There's lots of activities going on from noon with stalls, performances, willow weaving, workshops and a gorgeous 1930s-inspired tea room, culminating in a live concert featuring none other than Peter Karrie of West End fame.
So if you're available on Saturday, I'd urge you to come along and enjoy this free event.