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Vetch stars help pupils celebrate city 50th

Three heroes from Swansea's Vetch Field have celebrated 50 years of the city with school pupils.

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Former Swans stars Leon Britton, Lee Trundle and Vic Gomersall visited the site of the former football ground to meet young scholars.

Together, they discussed the importance of the big anniversary - and why memories of the Vetch will live on.

The get-together came as Swansea Council drives celebrations marking half a century of Swansea being a city.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "It's great that Leon, Lee and Vic met the pupils of St Helen's Primary School at the former Vetch Field.

"They and many other sports heroes left indelible memories during their time at the ground and it's wonderful that new memories were created when they met the pupils.

"I hope the young people are able to carry the memories through this big year and well beyond."

School headteacher Mark Thompson said: "We're right at the heart of the city, just three minutes walk from the Vetch, so it's important that we mark Swansea 50.

"We very much represent the past, present and future, with a proud history of our own, a strong social, pastoral and academic ethos and a thoroughly modern ethnically diverse school community.

"It was good for our pupils to meet the footballers on the site of so many great memories for so many Swansea people."

The children also talked with allotment holders at the Vetch Veg community vegetable garden. It was created as an "urban utopia" by Sandfields residents and artist Owen Griffiths.

The Vetch gathering was one of a number Swansea 50 events being arranged by the Fusion Programme, a Welsh Government-backed initiative managed by the council's cultural services team.

Fusion is working with the pupils to explore 50 years of local history, with the aim of creating an exhibition created by the children and to be displayed at a local street party this summer.

Swansea was granted city status in 1969. Swansea 50 is a chance for the public to celebrate the people, places, events and businesses that have contributed to local history, particularly during the past five decades.

It is also an opportunity to look forward to the many exciting developments planned for the city's future, including the 3,500-capacity digital arena to be built on the LC car park.

A major programme of events and activities are already planned to celebrate Swansea's 50th birthday. Residents are being encouraged to hold a street party, organise a concert or get creative in other ways. More: www.swansea50.co.uk.

Photo Former Swans stars Leon Britton, Lee Trundle and Vic Gomersall with pupils of Swansea's St Helen's Primary School on the site of Swansea City's former ground, Vetch Field.

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