Jesse's Welsh visit; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.
I was born and spent my childhood at Penllergaer, near Swansea. At Gorseinon there was an excellent athletics track which held top-notch meetings.
My father used to take me to the special meetings to watch the activities as I was a very enS ergetic youngster in the 1930s (I was born in 1923).
I have carried with me the fact that I saw Jesse Owens at Gorseinon after he had won in the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.
It is not something that anyone can make up. Can anyone shed any light on the athletics track at Gorseinon and the activities there? Owens was on his way home to America by sea and came to Britain. We in South Wales welcomed a number of personalities of all kinds from USA at that time who were black, like Paul Robeson.
I have tried to find out, but some folk I ask are very dismissive and say: "Oh, he would fly directly back from Berlin". I know life was not like that in those days, you travelled by sea then.
Even the library in Gorseinon told me "there was no athletics track in Gorseinon". I wonder if anyone can help? Jesse Owens only became well known after the event, when Hitler made such a fuss about a black man winning such a prestigious event in Germany. H ELIZABETH RICHARDS Monmouth
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Aug 21, 2012|
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