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Swansea's Cwmdonkin Park set for Dylan Thomas Kardomah-style tearoom

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

Cwmdonkin Park. a favourite of Dylan Thomas

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A NOSTALGIC tearoom recapturing the creative spirit of 1930s Swansea could soon be opened in the city's Cwmdonkin Park.

Swansea Council is hoping the style of the small café area in the park pavilion will create an atmosphere reminiscent of Dylan Thomas and the Kardomah Boys' heyday.

The Kardomah Boys were a group of bohemian friends — artists, musicians, poets and writers — who would often meet in the city's Kardomah Café in the 1930s.

Regulars included Dylan Thomas, poet Vernon Watkins and artist Tom Warner.

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The council is asking independent operators interested in running the new tearoom on a three-year lease basis to get in touch to pick up tender forms to be filled in.

Cwmdonkin Park is located within a stone's throw of Dylan's childhood home on Cwmdonkin Drive. This is why the park is being refurbished in readiness for the 100th anniversary of Dylan's birth in 2014.

The park refurbishment is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Government's Sustainable Tourism Project backed by the European Regional Development Fund, Swansea Council and the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park.

Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "We need to do all we can as a city to celebrate our links with Dylan Thomas. He's our most famous son who helped to put Swansea on the map across the world, and thousands of visitors come here every year to see where the world-famous wordsmith was born.

"The inclusion of a 1930s- style tearoom at Cwmdonkin Park would help recreate the atmosphere of what was a golden era for Swansea in terms of its status as a leading city of culture." The park pavilion has already been upgraded as part of the refurbishment project. Other aspects of the scheme include the upgrade of the Dylan Thomas shelter, the restoration of the Dylan Thomas drinking fountain and the refurbishment of paths, railings and benches.

Mr Bradley added: "The cafe is just one aspect of an ongoing, major refurbishment scheme at the park that will form part of celebrations next year to mark the 100th anniversary of Dylan's birth."

The forms have to be submitted to Swansea Council by Friday, January 18.

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  • AND665  |  January 10 2013, 12:50PM

    They should get the guy who runs the Pettigrew Tearooms in Bute Park in Cardiff to do this...would be perfect!