Today was the occasion of the relaunching/reopening/resomething of the memorial to Wynford Vaughan-Thomas on the high slopes of Moel Fadian, above Llyn Clywedog in Montgomeryshire. It was an informal do. My dear friend, Lord Hooson was with us. He knew Wynford pretty well. Also with us was 89 year old Glyn Davies of Baschurch in Shropshire, formerly of Dolgellau. He drove the great Welsh war correspondent around Anzio, in Italy during the war. I can only say that we hit it off really well, and I'm now able to claim, in all modesty, that I think Glyn Davies is a great man!
Reason we had to recommission this memorial was that vandals had defaced the original. Campaign for Protection of Rural Wales had arranged the work, and taken advantage of the generosity of individual CPRW members, Powys County Council and O2. The memorial is located at Wynford Vaughan-Thomas' favorite place in all the world, looking down on the mountains of Wales which he so loved. As do I. I also had in common with the great man, service as President of the CPRW, though my term was cut shorter than his by my election as an MP.
If you want to learn more about the magic of Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, why he was so loved by the people of Wales, and of the place where Glyn Davies met Glyn Davies today why not listen to this podcast. To me, its no more than just my voice, but people tell me its quite an emotional story to listen to. Somewhere its also available in the Welsh Language, another love which all three of us shared.