IOW69: the Welsh connection

I recently heard that I’m on the shortlist for the 2011 Tir Na Nog award for best English language children’s book with a Welsh connection (Mutiny on the School Ship Bounty). There’s also a Welsh connection to the Isle of Wight festival of 1969 – besides the fact that Bob Dylan took his name from Wales’s most famous poet, Dylan Thomas.

Tommy Farr of the Rhondda, considered by many the greatest British heavyweight boxer, was the father of the 1969 MC, Rikki Farr, the most prevalent voice in Woodside Bay, and Gary Farr, one of the performers on that famous weekend. Tommy fought Joe Louis at the height of his powers, and in many people’s minds was cheated of victory. Rikki, who gets a fair few mentions in 69ers, emigrated to the States after his moment in the IOW sun, while Gary sadly died of a heart attack in 1994.

The next article I post will give the publication date of 69ers and details of how you can get the book.

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