WHEN I grew up in Swansea in the 40s and 50s I loved the beaches and parks and spacious countryside of Gower. As a teenager in the 60s clubs and dance halls beckoned and following the latest bands was a big priority.
When shopping in the town centre we found a good selection of shops. We were not short of choice by any means. In those days we saved religiously for the latest fashionable dress and after three months squirrelling the money away we purchased the dress and on wearing it felt like the bee's knees.
The town which was to become a city had loads of atmosphere and charisma, it was a friendly warm place where you felt safe. Most people were friendly and trustworthy.
There was a choice of cinemas, four at least, and occasionally we would head for one of these if there was a special film we really wanted to see. The theatre was for older adults.
Today Swansea has clubs, cinemas and a theatre – nothing has changed except the choice is narrow compared to bigger towns and cities. I still think Swansea is a great place to live in 40 years on, but I do believe the city centre is not so friendly and people are more isolated than years ago.
One of the top features in Swansea is the county library very useful for all ages. We do not lack in educational centres and the music scene is vast. Poetry is also becoming more popular. All in all a place worth visiting Swansea will always be loved especially in the summer time.
Well done Swansea city, the place people love.