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Michael Laudrup's daughter Rebecca gives thumbs up to Swansea shopping

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 22, 2012

Michael Laudrup’s wife Siw and their daughter Rebecca at the Liberty Stadium

Michael Laudrup’s wife Siw and their daughter Rebecca at the Liberty Stadium

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SHE may well have a hectic schedule thanks to her footballing legend dad, but a girl always, always finds the time to shop.

Rebecca Laudrup has been used to the designer stores of Madrid, Copenhagen and Barcelona.

And don’t forget the glitz and glamour of Amsterdam, Paris and even Moscow.

There’s little that the teenaged daughter of new Swans boss Michael Laudrup hasn’t experienced as far as glitzy shopping is concerned.

But when it comes to Swansea, well, it seems she just can’t wait.


Well, she is already here on an advance recce. And its the joys of places such as TopShop and Starbucks in Oxford Street she is looking forward to. Oh, and of course, Joe’s ice cream parlour in Mumbles.

Former Barcelona and Denmark footballing star Laudrup has just been appointed Swansea's new manager on a two-year contract. He moved in to the post officially yesterday flying in from his home in Majorca. Daughter Rebecca won’t be living here permanently because of her studies.

But she has stopped off with him on a ‘getting-to- know-Swansea’ visit.

She has spent the last 24 hours using the social networking site Twitter to tell everyone just what she thinks of her dad’s new home. Her verdict? Top notch! She said: “Sadly, I wont be moving to Swansea because of my studies.

“But I will be here constantly and supporting the team! I am a fan as well. I love how everyone here is just one big happy family!”

She adds: “What is Mumbles and Gower? And where is Joe's ice cream? People really seem to love those places.

“I really like this place, its got Starbucks, TopShop and umbrellas!

“Everyone keeps talking about the bad weather in Swansea, but people were waking around in shorts and T-shirts today. It’s such an amazing place — I am sold.”

Swansea Council’s city centre manager Daniel Jones said Rebecca’s positivity was a big boost for the area adding: “She should know a thing or two about great city centres, coming from Copenhagen and her father having played for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“Her following on Twitter means the profile of the city centre will be even further raised at a time when we’re doing all we can to keep on improving the city centre visiting experience.”

Steve Hopkins, Swansea Council’s Marketing and Tourism Manager, said: “We’ve already experienced the benefits for Swansea Bay as a destination when it’s praised on Twitter. Well-followed footballers like Rio Ferdinand and Tim Cahill, as well as many other celebrities, were among those to have spoken very highly of Swansea Bay when they visited the area during the last Premier League season.

“We’ll continue to work closely alongside our partners to ensure Swansea Bay keeps benefitting from our status as a Premier League city.”

Dane Ida Tavner, who came to Swansea 15 years ago to study marine biology at university and has been here ever since said:” My experiences have all been positive.

“I did move away to England briefly and very much missed Swansea and Gower."

Ida, who now works for the Environment Agency Wales added: “ I have found the people here to be friendly and welcoming; I am sure Rebecca will too."

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  • samdavies39  |  June 22 2012, 8:14PM

    For god sake will certain people comment or moan about anything. Welcome to Swansea. May you be as happy as we are to have the pleasure of your dads fab football knowledge grace this pretty city of ours.

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  • Anon300  |  June 22 2012, 2:58PM

    I hope they do enjoy browsing through the £1 shops and bargain shops along with River Island, Jane Norman, Zara, H & M, Next, New Look, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Marks and Spencers, Peacocks, Super Dry, Republic, etc. I also hope they enjoy out of town shopping like the Morfa where there aren't any bargain or £1 shops. People are always quick to complain about Swansea. If you don't like it then move. The grass is always greener!!!! If the shops you want in Swansea aren't here then you want to get onto the Council and complain about the rates they charge

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  • roseofwales  |  June 22 2012, 11:52AM

    Warmly welcome to Siw & Michael Laudrup and to you Rebecca, too although you will be attending school in Paris after the summer break. I hear that you are going to live in the Meridian Tower, which is great and not far from the Liberty Stadium. Please do buy yourself some bicycles and explore our beautiful country side when time permits and enjoy a long and successful stay in our city. Best wishes to you all.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  June 22 2012, 11:19AM

    Welcome Rebecca, I hope you enjoy your time here. A large proportion of the city will appreciate your comments on Twitter. Welcome to Swansea, Wales' PREMIER city. :-) Trunkles... 35,000 applied for season tickets. Just the Season Tickets. Not the match day tickets. Season Tickets. And as I have said, some people complain for sake of complaining... people like you for instance. So many times I see people saying the council doesn't do a good job of promoting the city, yet here we have an individual who is promoting the city and the same people complain again. You know, back the Swansea City FC... I love how every pub that shows the games, as well as the Casino's and bars, are all full to the brim with people wanting to watch the Swans when they play. Such a good asset to the city is our club, it deserves far more respect from people Trunkles3.

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  • Neathboy234  |  June 22 2012, 10:52AM

    Anon300 your right. They don't like the story and yet feel an incredible urge to comment on it. This young girl was just saying what she made of Swansea. Having visited Palma many times I'm sure Swansea will seem a bit dull by comparison. I've never seen a city like Palma with so many shoe shops. And not many shoes under £200 either, I had to move my wife along very quickly.

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  • jobaby0111  |  June 22 2012, 10:48AM

    Well said Anon300. As a coastal city where tourism revenue plays a big part, any positive international exposure of Swansea can only be a good thing. Wishing the Laudrup family every success here, and hope they get out and about to see some of the beautiful places the area has to offer. With this in mind: Swansea Council and private owners, please tidy up the High Street. Thank you.

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  • Lezz_T  |  June 22 2012, 10:46AM

    Let's hope Mrs Laudrup and daughter enjoy browsing pound stores and bargain shops, they'll find Swansea heaven.

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  • Neathboy234  |  June 22 2012, 10:37AM

    trunkles3 I also do other things as well as watch the swans don't you know. perhaps you could try and be a bit more possitve about things. we live in a wonderful world, try enjoying it

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  • Anon300  |  June 22 2012, 10:32AM

    Why do people have to leave such b!tchy comments. If you don't like the story then for gods sake just don't read it. Simples!!! Just because you don't want to know doesn't mean that everyone feels the same. Grow up and get a life

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  • trunkles3  |  June 22 2012, 10:23AM

    Leaving 100,000 who do neither.

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