|My name is Colin Gronow. I was born on the Graig, a district of Pontypridd, (recently featured in the BBCs television adaptation of Hearts of Gold by the authoress Catrin Collier, who incidentally read my account of my childhood memories! Pontypridd is a small town in the mining valleys of South Wales. Although a small town, Pontypridd is where the Welsh National Anthem "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" (Land of my Fathers) was composed.
It is also well known for it's stone "Old Bridge" built in 1756 that was once the longest single span bridge in the country, and also of course Pontypridd being the birthplace of singer Tom Jones!
I have a son and daughter, and now live with my wife Christine, near the sea in Bridgend 12miles to the west, although I am still a member of the Pontypridd Male Choir.
I have written an account of my childhood in Pontypridd, so if you are interested