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Airline ticket among Dylan Thomas memorabilia now on display
His final airline ticket to the USA is among the personal items belonging to Dylan Thomas that’s now on display in his home city of Swansea for the very first time.
Other items on display for the first time at the city’s Dylan Thomas Centre include three passports belonging to the world-famous poet, his wife Caitlin and their youngest child, Colm.
Swansea Council has arranged for the items to be put on display at the Maritime Quarter attraction. It’s all part of the Dylan Thomas Centre launching a new partnership with the National Library of Wales to celebrate the start of the 2012 Dylan Thomas Festival and the National Library’s outreach programme.
The airline ticket to the USA is dated September 29, 1953. He died in New York City just over a month later on November 9, aged 39.
Other items on display include his National Insurance cards and red leather travel wallet containing a brief note and a bus ticket.
Dylan’s used chequebook and a betting memo on which he wrote betting tips are also included.
The items will be on display until Wednesday November 21.
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Dylan’s legacy across the world is enduring and, as his home city, it’s important we do all we can to celebrate our links with him.
“The Man and Myth exhibition at the Dylan Thomas Centre already attracts many thousands of people from across the world every year, but these new items will further strengthen what’s already a terrific display.
“The inclusion of this rich collection of fascinating memorabilia during the Dylan Thomas Festival will help raise his profile even more as we head towards celebrating a century since his birth in 2014.
“These items will give both Swansea people and visitors an even deeper insight into Dylan’s fascinating life story.”
The Dylan Thomas Festival returns from October 27 to November 9. It features Stan Tracey, Graham Hunter, Paul Durcan, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Elfyn, Ros Barber, Kevin Barry and Roshi Fernando.
Have a look at http://www.dylanthomas.com for more information or call 01792 463980.