BBC Radio Wales looks at the nation's diamond years

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In the run-up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, BBC Radio Wales is preparing to take its listeners on a trip over the last sixty years of Welsh events through the BBC's wealth of radio archives and music of the era.

Last updated: 20 April 2012

Starting on Monday April 23, Jubilee Journey is a series of five-minute features broadcast on Jamie and Louise (weekdays at 9 AM) and Roy Noble's programmes (2 PM weekdays) every day until the big celebratory weekend in June. The archive and music will then be collected together and repeated in a special sequence over the two Jubilee bank holidays, Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5.

Every feature looks at a year in the life of Wales, including British and world events which affected and influenced the country, accompanied by the music of that year. From Wynford Vaughan Thomas and actor Hugh Griffiths's tributes to Dylan Thomas on his death in 1953, the sombre reporting of the Aberfan tragedy in 1966, Terry Griffiths' victory over Dennis Taylor in the 1979 World Snooker Championship to the launching of S4C in 1982, Jubilee Journey features a range of stories that affected the nation.

Where archive material wasn't available, news items have been recreated using former BBC Radio Wales announcers Alan Christopher and Mari Griffith. Some material hasn't been heard since it was originally broadcast, and all of it is bound to bring back memories for some listeners as well as giving younger listeners an insight into the news headlines, sporting events, talked about stories and hits of the various years.

BBC Radio Wales producer Alan Daulby said: "We were looking at ways for Radio Wales to mark the diamond jubilee, and came up with the idea of capturing every year through our archive material, something that hasn't been done before in Wales. I've spent the last three months trawling through a wealth of archive and hope the finished series is an entertaining mix of news and music.
"We also want to hear the listeners' own memories and experiences of the Jubilee years and maybe they can fill in some of the gaps in the archives or tell us about an event in their lives or area that didn't make it on to national news."

Steve Austins, BBC Radio Wales Editor said:
"The aim of this series, which features clips not heard since their original broadcast, is to really capture the feeling of Wales over the years - Welsh events from a Welsh perspective and events which affected, shaped and sometimes shook the nation; they're all there, as they were reported on at the time."

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