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Landmark stirs the memory for sisters's meeting with Dylan Thomas's mother

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

Caryl Doyle and Susan Bowen have recalled meeting Dylan Thomas's mother

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THE Dylan Thomas 100 celebrations have caused two Swansea Valley sisters to recall the time when they met the famous poet's mother in his idyllic Laugharne hideaway.

Swansea-born Dylan constantly turned to his childhood for inspiration in his writing and with events ongoing to mark the centenary of his birth, Caryl Doyle and Susan Bowen have recalled a special time from their own younger days.

The sisters, from Trebanos, were on holiday in Pendine with their mother and father, Glyn and Sarah Jenkins, in 1958 when they decided to take a walk along the estuary in Laugharne to see the boathouse home of the poet they had heard so much about.

Sadly Dylan had died five years previously but the sisters were pleased to see Dylan's mother, Florence, standing on the home's veranda.

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They were then even more pleased when Mrs Thomas invited them in.

Mrs Doyle said: "It was in July, 1958, because it was miners' fortnight and we were on holiday in a caravan in Pendine.

"My father took us to Laugharne for the day by bus. We went to see Dylan's grave in the cemetery and we had our picture taken next to his writing shed and when we walked to see the boathouse his mother was standing outside.

"My father went to speak to her in Welsh and asked if we could have a picture taken with her.

"She said yes and was very obliging.

"Not long afterwards I remember hearing on the news that she had passed away herself."

Although Dylan died in New York on November 9, 1953, aged 39, his wife Caitlin and children Llewelyn, Colm and Aeronwy remained at the boathouse for several years afterwards.

Dylan's mother was windowed in 1952.

It was not long after Dylan's father passed away that she followed her son to Laugharne, often helping out with her grandchildren.

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  • Gwyddno  |  May 17 2014, 8:05PM

    "Dylan's mother was windowed in 1952."

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