Swansea given royal seal of approval for 50th birthday
The Prince of Wales is to revisit the historic Morriston Tabernacle next month as part of Swansea's 50th birthday celebrations.
Prince Charles visited Swansea Guildhall in 1969, to announce the decision to grant city status. On the same day he attended an event at the Tabernacle.
He will return to the city with The Duchess of Cornwall on July 3 this year to mark Swansea’s first half century as a city. Events will take place in the city centre, in Victoria Park and at the Patti Pavilion that day.
His Royal Highness will also return to the 147-year-old Grade 1 Listed Tabernacle.
Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said: “It will be wonderful for the people of Morriston and supporters of the Tabernacle to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales.
“The council is driving work which aims to revitalise the Tabernacle, making this incredible building a focus for community activity in the years to come and I’m sure The Prince of Wales will be interested to learn how this is progressing.
“We want to increase the community use of the building so it will remain a local treasure for many years to come. We have already started breathing new life into this historic location.”
The Tabernacle event will see The Prince of Wales entertained by choristers, briefed on restoration work since 1993, meet local religious leaders including Tabernacle Minister The Rev Jill-Hailey Harries and talk with the conductors of five choirs - Morriston Ladies, Morriston Orpheus, Morriston RFC, Morriston Tabernacle and Twrw Tawe.
The Prince’s host for the visit to the venue will be Huw Tregelles Williams, chair of the Morriston Tabernacle Steering Group.
Mr Williams said: “We look forward to a visit by HRH The Prince of Wales. It will mark exactly 50 years since the Gymanfa Ganu, the national hymn-singing festival, held at Tabernacle on July 3, 1969, to mark his Investiture.
“During the past 25 years, a restoration programme has ensured that this remarkable building is now in better condition than in living memory; His Royal Highness will have the opportunity to see how this work has been achieved and to hear of plans for the building’s sustainable future.”
The chapel’s revitalisation plan - Morriston Tabernacle: Sustaining for Future Generations - is being funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund under its Resilient Heritage Programme.