- 1981 in Wales
This article is about the particular significance of the year 1981 to
Walesand 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
Archdruidof 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 Ruddockbecomes Chair of CND.
*Census results reveal that
Gwyneddis the only Welsh county with a Welsh-speaking majority.
Roy Jenkinsco-founds the Social Democratic Party.
*The percentage of
Welsh languagespeakers, 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 Secombereceives a knighthood.
*National Eisteddfod of Wales (held in
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair -
John Gwilym Jones
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown -
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Prose Medal -
John Griffith Jones
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"
The Life and Times of David Lloyd George", written by Elaine Morganand starring Philip Madoc
Boxing- Neville Meadebecomes British heavyweight champion.
Neville Southalljoins 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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