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The Clink Pit
Cwmllynfell Colliery 

Phillip Turner
Phillip Turner


My grandparents, Wm. Thomas Turner & Alice Daisy Turner (nee Gwilliam) settled in Glanrhyd after their move from Hereford in the early 1920s - firstly at 10 Tudor Street, Glanrhyd and then at 21 Spencer Terrace, Gurnos Cross, Lower Cwmtwrch, in 1940. Both grandparents lived at this address until their untimely passing - Wm. Thomas Turner in 1962 and finally, Alice Daisy Turner in 1988.

When I was just four months old, I spent three days in hospital with concussion after being dropped to the ground by my maternal Grandmother, Annie Elizabeth Connolly. She was carrying me in a shawl when she died of a massive heart attack. 

As a child I also suffered from the often-fatal illness tuberculosis, I was at Graig - y – Nos, where I lived for two years and later spending six months at ‘Highland Moors Sanatorium’, Wellington Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

On my return home, when I was five years old, I was reunited with my family at 2 Heol Gron, Gurnos Cross 

I spent my Education years at Gurnos Primary School and then for a term at Cwmtwrch Primary School, returning to Gurnos Primary School for my final year in Primary Education. 

At the age of 11 years, I spent the next four years at Maesydderwen Comprehensive School, Glanrhyd, where I was taught by one of the many teachers, Mr. Ewart Alexandra, the most noted being a famous playwright.

On completion of my Education, I progressed from my first employment at 'The Perry Chain Co.' at Caerbont, to become a Stores Superintendent in Smiths Crisps Ltd, Fforestfach, Swansea. 

Over the next 40 years I was to gain an extensive knowledge of Materials Control, retiring at the age of 59 years through ill health.

I also loved football and I had the honour of playing in the very successful Cwm Wanderers F.C in the early 1960' through to the 1970's. I also played for the following Welsh League clubs: - Morriston Town, Pontardawe Town, Clydach United, Ammanford Town, Carmarthen Town, and finely B.P. LLandarcy and I decided to hang my boots up after playing on the Afan Lido F. C ground, at the age of 54 years.

At one time I was also lead singer in a 'Rock & Roll Band’ called Johnny & The Saints. They were from Ynysmeudwy and mainly from the Carroll Family. Band members were Johnny, Esmond & Patrick, there was also Dudley Jones from Cwmllynfell.

I also guested with a Swansea based rock ‘n’ roll band, called ‘Dynamite, for a few months.

I am also an accomplished artist painting / drawing many scenes of animals, birds, and landscapes, and having my work exhibited in Ammanford & Ystradgynlais Libraries as well as Brynamman Community Centre. 

One time I had an exhibition in 'The Cefn - Coed Mining Museum', Crynant, in the Dulais Valley, the very colliery where my father, Philip William Henry Turner, worked many years earlier.

Phillip Turner