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Kev Johns excited by Swansea's culture bid — but winning is crucial

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 23, 2013

By Jason Evans

Proud Kev excited by culture bid — but winning is crucial
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Swansea Bay is in the final four to be named UK City of Culture 2017 – and the Evening Post has asked some famous faces to tell the world why this is such a special place. Here Kev Johns talks about his love of the area.

I'VE never been more excited about anything in my life! I've seen how events like this can market an area.

I saw what it did for Glasgow and Liverpool and it will put this region on the map too. It is crucial that we win this bid — everyone has got to get behind it.

I am immensely proud to come from Swansea. We are a lovely, friendly group of people but we are also cultured with a strong tradition of performance.

I grew up in Plasmarl and started performing when I was at school. We set up a little group and went round singing at OAP homes.

I wrote my first joke at 13 but I can't remember if it was funny.

That's the problem with Swansea — you can think you are a better performer than you are because Swansea people laugh a lot and audiences here are generous, supportive and very kind

They have got a wicked sense of humour. I think one of the best places to hear funny remarks is in a football or rugby crowd. People say hilarious things.

That's where some of the best humour comes from. I moan all the time about things like the one way system and the traffic but I won't tolerate other people slagging off Swansea! I love the city centre, all the busy little shopping streets, wherever people gather.

I also love the area around the Sail Bridge — that's probably my favourite place.

We lost a lot of our beautiful buildings in the war, but we are slowly rebuilding. Every time I drive back to Swansea down Fabian Way and see all the cranes in SA1, I feel excited that we are moving forward.

In the future I would like to see Swansea Bay have more attractions like an aquarium, and a theme park called Milk Wood that recreates the Dylan Thomas story.

Under Milk Wood is a soap opera of life in any place in Wales, and when I read it I can picture the characters because they are just like the people I grew up with.

I've lived away in London, Liverpool and Colwyn Bay, but I had to come home to Swansea. I missed the sound of the seagulls, the beaches, and Joe's Ice Cream — but more than anything, the people."

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  August 24 2013, 12:05PM

    Kev Johns - culture - oxymoron.

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  • Lezz_T  |  August 23 2013, 4:11PM

    Glasgow and Liverpool were the EUROPEAN capitals of culture. It's like confusing the Champions League with the Johnson's Paint Trophy.

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