Following the successful launch of a countrywide tour of the replica Dylan Thomas' writing shed, county councillors have agreed to commission a reproduction of the outdoor toilet used by Dorothy Squires at her family home in Dafen, where the singer lived as a teenager.
Dylan Thomas' iconic writing shed is currently touring the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the famous poet's birth. It is appearing at places and events across the country, including the Hay Festival, the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod. The replica shed has already attracted lots of interest and is helping to promote Laugharne and Carmarthenshire as the home of Dylan Thomas and the place which inspired some of his best work.
Now it is hoped that the replica Dorothy Squires 'Ty Bach' will do the same to help promote Dafen and Llanelli.
Neighbours living next to 'Aston House' in New Road, Dafen, have recollected how young Dorothy could be heard singing in her back garden, and in the outside toilet.“The Ty Bach was the perfect place for Dorothy's singing practice, with acoustics that rivalled the toilets of Sydney Opera House or the Royal Albert Hall," said one neighbour. Another added "it sounded like she played the tuba in there too"!
Project co-ordinator Edna May said, “the 'Ty Bach' was the place where young Dorothy perfected the impressive vocal skills which led her to worldwide fame as a singer and entertainer. And now aspiring singers from around the country will be able to spend private time in this marvelous replica and be inspired, ”.
The fully functioning outhouse, which was completed two weeks ago, will be appear at events and festivals throughout Wales this summer and will be sited at the Wales Millennium Centre during the X-Factor auditions next January.
Visitors to the attraction will have the choice of using 2-ply toilet paper (50p) during their visit, or for a more authentic experience, cut-up sheets of 1930's news paper (free).
John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport, will be the first to officially flush the toilet at 11.30am on Tuesday, April 1st, and allow people their first tinkle inside. The unveiling will take place on the grassy area opposite Dafen Post office, which has been earmarked as a permanent site for the attraction when the tour is complete. When asked about the sustainability of the project, Mrs May, said that she was confident that “the toilet will be able to take the p*** for many years to come”.
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