Travels With The Hat Box

During the 1950s and 60s when foreign travel was beyond most pockets, a group of plumbers, labourers and factory workers gallivanted their way across Europe and spent countless days sunbathing on the French Riviera.

They attended civic receptions, stayed in first class hotels and were the toast of European cities, before returning home to their factory floors and building sites.

Huw Williams tells the extraordinary story of a Welsh folk dance group who for two decades were the United Kingdom's cultural representatives at festivals and pageants throughout Europe.

Dressed in their traditional costume, they appeared on merchandise everywhere - postcards, toffee tins, sticks of rock - and helped create the definitive tourist image of Wales.

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2006052620070521
20060925 (RW)

During the 1950s and 60s when foreign travel was beyond most pockets, a group of plumbers, labourers and factory workers gallivanted their way across Europe and spent countless days sunbathing on the French Riviera.

They attended civic receptions, stayed in first class hotels and were the toast of European cities, before returning home to their factory floors and building sites.

Huw Williams tells the extraordinary story of a Welsh folk dance group who for two decades were the United Kingdom's cultural representatives at festivals and pageants throughout Europe.

Dressed in their traditional costume, they appeared on merchandise everywhere - postcards, toffee tins, sticks of rock - and helped create the definitive tourist image of Wales.

2006052620070521
20060925 (RW)

During the 1950s and 60s when foreign travel was beyond most pockets, a group of plumbers, labourers and factory workers gallivanted their way across Europe and spent countless days sunbathing on the French Riviera.

They attended civic receptions, stayed in first class hotels and were the toast of European cities, before returning home to their factory floors and building sites.

Huw Williams tells the extraordinary story of a Welsh folk dance group who for two decades were the United Kingdom's cultural representatives at festivals and pageants throughout Europe.

Dressed in their traditional costume, they appeared on merchandise everywhere - postcards, toffee tins, sticks of rock - and helped create the definitive tourist image of Wales.

During the 1950s and 60s when foreign travel was beyond most pockets, a group of plumbers, labourers and factory workers gallivanted their way across Europe and spent countless days sunbathing on the French Riviera. They attended civic receptions, stayed in first class hotels and were the toast of European cities, before returning home to their factory floors and building sites.

Huw Williams tells the extraordinary story of a Welsh folk dance group who for two decades were the United Kingdom's cultural representatives at festivals and pageants throughout Europe. Dressed in their traditional costume, they appeared on merchandise everywhere - postcards, toffee tins, sticks of rock - and helped create the definitive tourist image of Wales.

20070521

At a time when travelling was a rare event, the Brynmawr Folk Dancers were the toast of festivals throughout Europe. Broadcaster and former member Huw Williams tells their story.