1992 in Wales

1992 in Wales

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1992 to Wales and its people.


*Prince of Wales - Charles, Prince of Wales
*Princess of Wales - Diana, Princess of Wales
*Secretary of State for Wales - David Hunt
*Archbishop of Wales - Alwyn Rice Jones
*Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales - Ap Llysor


*Wales play England at women's rugby for the first time at Cardiff Arms Park.
*1 May-4 October - The Ebbw Vale Garden Festival, the last garden festival held in the UK.
*26 August - Five people are killed in a speedboat accident off Llandudno.
*The Chwarae Teg organisation is launched to improve work opportunities for women in Wales by assisting with childcare.
*In the UK General Election:
**Long-serving Liberal MP Geraint Howells unexpectedly loses the seat of Ceredigion and Pembroke North to Plaid Cymru. He is elevated to the peerage as Baron Geraint of Ponterwyd.
**Plaid Cymru's new MP, Cynog Dafis, is helped by an electoral alliance between Plaid and the Wales Green Party.
**Nick Ainger wins Pembroke for Labour from the Conservatives.
**Merlyn Rees retires from the House of Commons.
**Llew Smith replaces the retiring Michael Foot as MP for Blaenau Gwent.
*December - One-off stage performance of "An Evening with Dylan Thomas" takes place to mark the opening of the new AIR Studios.
*July 18 - Neil Kinnock resigns the leadership of the Labour Party.
*The Passport Office agrees to process passport applications in the Welsh language.
*The Polytechnic of Wales becomes the University of Glamorgan.
*Sir Geoffrey Howe becomes a life peer as Lord Howe of Aberavon.

Arts and literature

*A full-time officer for Welsh learners is appointed by the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
*The periodical "Y Faner" ceases publication.
*Michael Sheen co-stars with Vanessa Redgrave in "When She Danced" in the West End.


*National Eisteddfod of Wales (held in Aberystwyth)

*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair - Idris Reynolds
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown - Cyril Jones
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Prose Medal - Robin Llywelyn, "Seren Wen Ar Gefndir Gwyn"

*Gwobr Goffa Daniel Owen -

*Wales Book of the Year:
**English language: Emyr Humphreys - "Bonds of Attachment"
**Welsh language: Gerallt Lloyd Owen - "Cilmeri"

New books

*Bedwyr Lewis Jones - "Yn Ei Elfen"
*Christopher Meredith - "Griffri"
*Gerallt Lloyd Owen - "Cilmeri"
*M. Wynn Thomas - "Morgan Llwyd, ei Gyfeillion a'i Gyfnod"
*Angharad Tomos - "Si Hei Lwli"


*Michael Ball competes for the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing second.
*Manic Street Preachers - "Generation Terrorists" (album)
*Y Cyrff - "Mae Ddoe Yn Ddoe" (album)


*Anthony Hopkins wins the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in "The Silence of the Lambs".
*Hopkins and Paul Rhys are among the stars of "Chaplin".
*"Rebecca's Daughters", based on a 1948 screenplay by Dylan Thomas, is filmed in Wales and directed by Karl Francis. Stars include Paul Rhys and Keith Allen.

Welsh-language films

*"Gadael Lenin"
*"Hedd Wyn"


*The first community radio stations in Wales are approved by the Radio Authority: Radio Ceredigion at Aberystwyth and Radio Maldwyn at Newtown.

Welsh-language television

*"Merched Lasarus" (comedy)

English-language television



*Athletics - Tanni Grey wins four gold medals at the Paralympics in Barcelona.
**13 October - Neil Haddock wins the British Super Featherweight boxing championship.
**14 November - Robbie Regan wins the European Flyweight boxing championship.
**12 December - Nicky Piper loses the World Super Middleweight Boxing title fight in London.
*Horse racing - Carl Llewellyn wins the Grand National on "Party Politics"


*27 January - Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, actress
*18 March - Jack Kelsey, footballer
*6 September - Mervyn Johns, actor
*19 September - Sir Geraint Evans, opera singer
*20 October - Brian Badcoe, actor
*23 December - Cyril Walters, cricketer
*"date unknown" - D. Tecwyn Lloyd, author

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