Joan Hughes

The interviewee's earliest memory is seeing the Coronation at a friends' house and had a very pleasant social occasion. Television was part of the attraction. Didn't start watching regularly until the late 60s. Aberfan was poignant because a colleague came from Aberfan, she was at work when the news broke. The coverage conveyed the feeling in Aberfan because those reporting were obviously upset themselves. She watched the Investiture and remembers the fear that something would happen during the ceremony. Didn't think it was an affront to Wales but rather a recognition that Wales was separate. Doesn't remember much of the 79 Referendum but by 1997 was anxious for Yes vote. Didn't approve of government policy during the Miners' Strike and had sympathy with the miners. Coverage didn't portray the miners in a good light but because of her sympathies she could not judge.

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