BBC news broadcaster and author to deliver this year’s Cliff Tucker Memorial Lecture


BBC broadcaster and author Huw Edwards is the guest speaker at this year’s Cliff Tucker Memorial Lecture being held at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Lampeter campus this week.

Cliff Tucker Lecture

The title of this year’s lecture is Ar drywydd y ‘Ginshop’: Capeli’r Cymry yn Llundain (On the trail of the Ginshop: the chapels of the London Welsh).  Huw Edwards was born in Bridgend but from the age of four, was brought up in Llangennech, near Llanelli. He was educated at Llanelli Boys' Grammar School and graduated with a first-class honours degree in French from University College, Cardiff, in 1983.  As the BBC News lead presenter for major breaking news in the United Kingdom he presents Britain's most watched news programme, BBC News at Ten, the corporation's flagship news broadcast.     

The Memorial Lecture is named after magistrate and politician Cliff Tucker, who was also an industrial executive with British Petroleum. He was educated at St David’s College in Lampeter, which became University of Wales, Lampeter, and more recently UWTSD. Following his death in 1993, at the age of eighty, he bequeathed the proceeds of his home to the University. Cliff Tucker is commemorated at UWTSD through a history research degree scholarship in his name and through the construction of the Cliff Tucker Lecture Theatre.  Previous guest speakers include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and the composer Sir Karl Jenkins.

Huw Edwards, said:  

“I’m very much looking forward to delivering the Cliff Tucker Memorial lecture this year.  It is impossible to understand the remarkable story of the London Welsh without understanding the story of their numerous chapels in the city. A considerable amount of new - and colourful! - information has come to light regarding the roots of the Nonconformist causes in London, and I will explain their importance in the lecture."

Dr Rhiannon Ifans, from the Faculty of Humanities & Performing Arts at UWTSD added:

“The Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts is pleased to welcome the author, scholar and broadcaster Huw Edwards to the Lampeter campus. It will certainly be an evening of entertainment and learning, and one that will remain in the memory for a long time to come."

The lecture is being held in the Tucker Lecture Theatre on Friday 10th March, starting at 7pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided. Anyone wishing to attend should email Dr Rhiannon Ifans: The lecture will be delivered in Welsh, with simultaneous translation into English.

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