He reported from a bomber over Berlin and on the liberation of the Belsen death camp. Wynford Vaughan-Thomas joined the BBC in its early days – commentating in Welsh on the coronation of George VI and in English on the crowning of his daughter. He came home to Wales to help found Harlech Television (later HTV) and became its first director of programmes.
His life and work will be remembered and discussed at a day-long event in his adopted home-town of Fishguard on 27 November.
The day begins with the showing of three episodes of The Dragon Has Two Tongues, the HTV series broadcast in the 1980s, in which Vaughan-Thomas debated the history of Wales with the historian Gwyn Alf Williams. Among those on the panel for the evening’s discussion of his career will be Colin Thomas, who directed the series.
The aim of the day is both to remember Wynford Vaughan-Thomas’s journalism and to reflect on what has been lost to Wales with the decline and fall of HTV. Among the questions likely to be raised is the fate of the station’s extensive archive on film and video, stretching back almost 50 years.
Thanks to the library at the University of Glamorgan, there will also be a chance to hear something of the work of Wynford’s father, the composer David Vaughan Thomas. We’ve managed to find copies of the scores of some of his settings of early Welsh poetry and folk songs, through the inter-library loan service – and it’s hoped that one or two will be peformed in Fishguard on the day.
The event is being held at Fishguard Library and is free if you book in advance – otherwise £3 on the door. To book a place, phone Fishguard Library on 01437 776638 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.