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Facelift for Dylan Thomas' grave in Laugharne

By SWEPnino  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

  • The white wooden cross marking the grave of Caitlin and Dylan Thomas in the graveyard of St Martin's Church, Laugharne

  • The new cross.

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THE last resting place of Dylan Thomas is set to undergo a facelift.

A humble wooden cross marks the poet’s grave in St Martin’s Church in Laugharne, but earlier this year calls were made to spruce up the plot, ahead of the year-long programme of events marking what would have been Dylan’s 100th anniversary.

The site was described as a ‘shoddy mess’ by Swansea councillor Ioan Richard, who called for the site to be freshened up.

The plot is being tidied and maintained by Laugharne landmark, the Tin Shed Experience, a 1940s museum.

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Andrew Issacs from the Tin Shed said: “We have now had two crosses made, which have just been painted and are ready to go in.

“One will be put on the grave, and the other will remain in the Tin Shed in case the other is damaged.

“They were made a by carpenter in Laugharne, Denzil Brown, and the sign writing on it is being done.

“We have wanted to give some attention to the grave, but the weather has been so bad, we are just waiting for it to improve, so we can get on with it.

“There have also been badgers in the field, digging up the soil, so we need to see to that.

“We don’t do anything on our own, we make sure everything is done with full approval of the family.”

The family of the poet acknowledged the plot needed attention.

Hannah Ellis, Dylan’s granddaughter, said work would begin on sprucing up the plot – but that the modest wooden cross would remain, so as not to diminish neighbouring graves.

It had been damaged by strimmers during the good weather, which are used to cut back grass in parts of the field.

The site, which already attracts fans of Dylan, is likely to see even more visitors this year, as part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, which will see events taking part across the country, as well as across the Atlantic America.

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