Before They Were Famous Sightseeing Tour
Our Before They Were Famous tour visits the hometowns of the following Welsh superstars:
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Today’s tour takes us to the parts of Wales that inspired Welsh superstars as they grew up.
We start the day with a visit to an area of Cardiff where Dame Shirley Bassey grew up, known today as Cardiff Bay; but recognised in her childhood days as Tiger Bay. Born in 1937, Dame Shirley Bassey was the youngest of seven children. During the day she worked at a local factory but earned extra money singing in local working mens clubs in the evenings. Shirley Bassey was made a Dame in 2000 and now lives in Switzerland.
We leave Cardiff Bay, headed for Pontypridd, passing city landmarks such as Cardiff Castle. Pontypridd, a famous mining town and also the birthplace of Sir Tom Jones. We visit the houses where Sir Tom was born, and where he grew up, aswell as where he made his first public appearance.
After our time in Pontypridd, we continue our journey further up the valley passing through the home town of the world famous Treorchy Male Voice Choir. We head over the 'Bwlch' mountain and into the small mining village of Pontrhydyfen, set high in the valley of the River Afan. Here we explore the small village that gave us probably one of the greatest Welsh actors, Richard Burton. His life was tragically cut short by a cerebral hemorrhage at his home in Switzerland in 1984.
Further down the valley we visit Margam, an area on the outskirts of the steel town of Port Talbot and birthplace of the legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins, considered to be one of film’s greatest living actors. Famous for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector in the film Silence of the Lambs, he became an American citizen in April 2000 and in 2003 received a star on 'The Hollywood Walk of Fame'.
Our final visit of the day takes us to Swansea and the birthplace of Wales’ greatest poet Dylan Thomas. Here we visit the centre dedicated to him and the house where he was born; the surroundings that inspired him. Dylan Thomas died in 1953 in New York, with his famous works making him known the world over.
Other famous Welsh people:
Taliesin (Early 6th century) Poet
David Lloyd George (1863 - 1945) Liberal Prime Minister
Aneurin Bevan (1897 - 1960) Creator National Health Service
Megan Lloyd George (1902 - 1966) Wales' First Female MP
Roald Dahl (1916 - 1990) Author & Screenwriter
Laura Ashley (1925 - 1985) Designer
David Alexander (1929 - 1995) Welsh Artist & Singer
Graham Watkins (1953 ) Author & Explorer
John Prescott (1938) Former Deputy Prime Minister
Rhodri Morgan (1939) Former Welsh First Minister
Max Boyce (1943) Comedian & Singer
Angela Fish (1950) Author Extraordinare
Tanni Grey-Thompson (1969) Welsh Paralympian
Michael Sheen (1969) Actor
Catherine Zeta Jones (1969) Actress
Stereophonics (1992) Welsh Rock Band