1981 in Wales

1981 in Wales

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1981 to Wales and its people.


*Prince of Wales - Charles, Prince of Wales
*Princess of Wales - Diana, Princess of Wales
*Secretary of State for Wales - Nicholas Edwards
*Archbishop of Wales - Gwilym Owen Williams
*Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales - Jâms Nicholas


*24 February - Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of the Prince of Wales
*29 July - The Prince of Wales marries Lady Diana Spencer.
*Joan Ruddock becomes Chair of CND.
*Census results reveal that Gwynedd is the only Welsh county with a Welsh-speaking majority.
*Roy Jenkins co-founds the Social Democratic Party.
*The percentage of Welsh language speakers, as recorded by the census, falls to an all-time low of 18.9% of the Welsh population.

Arts and literature

*Theatre Wales is established.
*Harry Secombe receives a knighthood.


*National Eisteddfod of Wales (held in Machynlleth)
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair - John Gwilym Jones
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown - Siôn Aled
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Prose Medal - John Griffith Jones

New books

*Irma Chilton - "Y Cwlwm Gwaed"
*Clive Jenkins & Barrie Sherman - "The Leisure Shock"
*Eiluned Lewis - "The Old Home"
*R. S. Thomas - "Between Here and Now"


*Daniel Jones - "Symphony no. 10"
*William Mathias - "Let the people praise Thee, O God"



English-language films


Welsh-language films




English-language television

*"The Life and Times of David Lloyd George", written by Elaine Morgan and starring Philip Madoc

Welsh-language television



*Boxing - Neville Meade becomes British heavyweight champion.
*Football - Neville Southall joins Everton F.C.


*13 March - Ryan Jones, rugby player
*28 March - Gareth David-Lloyd, actor
*6 April - Robert Earnshaw, footballer
*23 May - Gwenno Pipette, singer
*24 May - Darren Moss, footballer
*19 November - Mark Wallace, cricketer
*16 December - Gareth Williams Scottish-Welsh footballer


*1 March - Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones, theologian
*8 March - Evelyn Nigel Chetwode Birch, Baron Rhyl, politician
*13 April - Gwyn Thomas, author
*"date unknown" - Dai Francis, miners' leader

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