On the 7 January 1970 the BBC launched a documentary series called Look Stranger which travelled the UK, giving viewers the opportunity to witness life in differing communities through the eyes of local people.
In the mid 1970s, when I was just a handful of years old, they visited Llanaelhaearn, the village where I was raised. They came to film the wonderful cooperative community project in progress there. The project, aimed at economic regeneration by making the village more self sufficient in difficult times, succeeded in giving residents means to an income by producing their own arts and crafts. Antur Aelhaearn It’s still alive today, creating training and work opportunities for local people.
The Project was started by Dr Carl Clowes (father of two Super Furry Animals and inspiration and catalyst for the repair and regeneration of the old village of Nant Gwrtheyrn), my father and a handful of other villagers.
Here’s a short interview by Dr Carl Clowes about the project -
Here’s the episode of Look Stranger. My father, Emrys is the guy with the red hair and beard. My Mam, Rose is the one in the pink cardigan at about 08:21 minutes. At 09:08 minutes you’ll see both my sisters Joy and Sylvia at work with their art, designing greeting cards and I’m the little redhead sitting on my sister’s knee. Towards the end of the episode you’ll see a short feature on Nant Gwrtheyrn, showing the village before it was renovated and talking about the project to regenerate it.
I hope you enjoy watching it…