OBITUARY: Alun Richards

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OBITUARY: Alun Richards


HIS love was South Wales, the ancient valleys of coal and pits,black heaps and chapels, where the old men sang and the young men dreamed of girls, rug by and escape.

But his other calling was the sea and this gave him a national audience when his scripts for TV's OnedinLine were broadcast to an audience of many millions.

These stories about a Liverpool family developing a shipping business in the 1860s appealed toAlun Richards.

But it was only a small part of the output of a man who would later proudly tell of how he entered Pontypridd Boys'Grammar School at bottom place and ``kept it up''.

It wasn't his average School Certificate which gained him a place at Monmouthshire Training College for Teachers,but a reference from his old headmaster ER (Piggy) Thomas, with whom he had experienced some difficult moments.

Richards then served in the Royal Navy for three years, reaching the rank of Instructor Lieutenant. But all this was the basis for his true career as a writer. Two of his novels,Ennal's Point (1977)and BarqueWhisper (1979), were about maritime Swansea, where he lived in the suburb of Mumbles, and he also edited The Penguin Book of Sea Stories (1977). …

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