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11th February

2013-02-11
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Born this day 1934, in Blackheath (daughter of Welsh parents)

Mary Quant fashion designer and icon, who has been immortalised as the originator of the mini skirt and whose work has come to epitomise the 60's fashion era.  


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Born this day 1882, in Llandinam 

Gwendoline Davies, philanthropist and patron of the arts who, together with her sister Margaret created a vast collection of art, whisc they donated to what is now the National Museum of Wales.  


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Born this day 1914, in Swansea. 

Mervyn Levy who was an artist, art dealer, writer and critic, best known for his association and lifelong friendship with Dylan Thomas, both of whom were members of the group of bohemian friends known as the Kardomah Gang. Painting of Mervyn Levy is by fellow Kardomah Gang member, Alfred Janes.


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In February 1959, the flag currently in use was officially recognised as the Welsh national flag.  The flag incorporates the Red Dragon of Cadwaladr, King of Gwynedd from c.655 to 682, along with the Tudor colours of green and white.

A history of the Welsh Flag;

*  It is thought that the Romans brought the dragon emblem to what is now Wales in the form of the Draco standards carried by Roman cavalry units. The Draco itself originated with the Sarmatians, a unit of whom were stationed in Britain from the 2nd to 4th centuries.

*  The red dragon is popularly believed to have been the battle standard of king Arthur.

*  The oldest known use of the dragon to represent Wales is from the Historia Brittonum,written around 830

*  The red dragon is popularly believed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur.

*  In 1400 Owain Glyndwr raised the dragon standard during his rebellion.

*  It was used by Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 and the red dragon was then included in the Tudor royal arms.

*  In February 1959, the flag currently in use was officially recognised as the Welsh national flag at the urging of the Gorsedd of Bards.

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