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Robert Haines

The interviewee was in the army in 1953 and the Coronation was the first thing he saw on television. He saw a colour television for the first time in a public place, a football match. Aberfan made the biggest impression, didn't know where Aberfan was before the disaster. Heard of the incident while he was at a football match. He followed the story in a newspaper and then on television. He was Mayor of Caernarfon the year of the Investiture and so was party to the arrangements. Fewer people attended because they remembered the 1911 investiture and could not see much then. The broadcasting was something for Welsh people, and he remembers Dafydd Iwan's opposition. The interviewee felt that television was important in people's lives but one had to be careful of its influence on children.

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Earliest memories; watching while in the Army

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Impact of television on leisure time

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Television in public spaces

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The Miners' Strike

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The influence of television

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