FIRST PERSON: Musician John Collier

South Wales Argus: First Person - John Collier. Pictured is John at home in Bassaleg. (9612054)

6:29pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Gwent musician John Collier has been a name on the Welsh dance band and jazz circuit. He’s performed with John Dankworth, played at Butlin’s and let his own band as saxophonist and flautist. It’s been a lively career. We asked him to recall some amusing moments

FIRST PERSON: Former Wales, Barbarians and Lions rugby union player John Bevan

South Wales Argus:

7:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The former Wales, Barbarians and Lions rugby union player raised a few eyebrows when he left for Warrington to play rugby league in 1973. But more than 40 years on, John Bevan, 63, has not looked back and is now a master of rugby and housemaster at Haberdashers' Monmouth School. He talks to CAIO IWAN.

FIRST PERSON: Cwmbran schoolgirl Danielle Jordan talks about playing hockey at the Commonwealth Games and her love of the sport

South Wales Argus:

6:27pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Wales hockey player Danielle Jordan, 18, from Cwmbran, tells JOHN PHILLIPS about her love of the sport and competing in the Commonwealth Games.

FIRST PERSON: Children's author and teacher Paul Manship

South Wales Argus: Teacher and children's author Paul Manship (8662992)

6:16pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

Author Paul Manship, 53, from Rhiwderin, talks to FRAN GILLETT about how the children he has met over his 23-year teaching career have inspired his novels.

FIRST PERSON: Crosskeys globe-trotter, Graham Osborne

South Wales Argus: First Person - Graham Osbourne. Pictured is Graham at his home in Crosskeys. (8576474)

6:29pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Dr Graham Osborne, 89, talks to FRAN GILLETT about his adventures from Gwent to New Zealand as a former research scientist, farmer and local historian.

FIRST PERSON: Trellech councillor, Ashley Thomas

6:10pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

Ashley Thomas talks to NATHAN BRIANT about his 40 years service with Trellech United community council.

FIRST PERSON: Newport's DIY superman reveals his fantastic projects

South Wales Argus: First person feature Edward Hayes of Beechwood, Newport (7920277)

4:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

The Newport gardener, Eddie Hayes, who recently found fame through a 26ft flower tower in his garden, speaks to Laura Lea about a whole life of innovative projects and a do-it-yourself attitude.

FIRST PERSON: Newport photographer Lisa-Jane Meates

South Wales Argus: Local self-employed wedding photographer Lisa-Jane Meates.  Pictured is Lisa-Jane at home growing up in Ballymena in Northern Ireland. (7315496)

6:08pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

AT the age of 24, Newport photographer Lisa-Jane Meates, known as LJ, has already photographed the wedding of a TV actress, started her own business and been awarded best enterprise at an award ceremony in Cardiff. Reporter BECKY CARR finds out more.

FIRST PERSON: Mosaic artist Stephanie Roberts

South Wales Argus: internationally renowned mosaic artists are lending a hand to help Newport celebrate Big Splash 2014.  Pictured is director Stephanie Roberts in the Project Space workshops on Commercial Street. (6090153)

6:19pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Travelling across Ireland, Wales, the Bahamas, and Chile, Newport mosaic artist Stephanie Roberts has been on quite a journey with her creative skills. Reporter SOPHIE BROWNSON finds out more.

FIRST PERSON: Usk entrepreneur and hairdresser Phillip Mungeam

South Wales Argus: Phillip aged 18

6:32pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

Usk entrepreneur and hairdresser Phillip Mungeam, 62, talks to KATH SKELLON about his passion for music and reaching the final of Sky Living’s reality cooking show.

FIRST PERSON: Newport designer Heidi-Louise Griffiths

South Wales Argus: First person feature with Newport accessories designer Heidi Louise Griffiths at her studio  (6352288)

6:20pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

From buying to designing, Newport accessory designer Heidi-Louise Griffiths talks to SOPHIE BROWNSON about her brand ' Lola and Me’ and the global journey on which it has taken her.

FIRST PERSON: Newport writer Richard Frame

South Wales Argus: Newport historian Richard Frame is typing up extracts from a first world war one soldiers diary, written from the trenches.  Pictured is Richard at home in his study. (5678024)

4:19pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

Newport historian and author Richard Frame, MBE, talks to Kath Skellon about his friendship with the late Alexander Cordell, sharing a flat with Joe Strummer and researching the lives of World War One Soldiers.

FIRST PERSON: Torfaen's Elvis Darren 'Graceland' Jones

South Wales Argus: Darren Jones,9, (right) with his brother Lee, 6.

5:04pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

TORFAEN’S own Elvis tribute act, Darren "Graceland" Jones, 42, is aiming for bigger competitions after being named as The Best Welsh Elvis three years in a row. Reporter HAYLEY MILLS finds out more.

FIRST PERSON: Patrick Jones, Blackwood playwright and poet

South Wales Argus: First person feature with Patrick Jones, poet and playwriter (6081170)

6:10pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

Patrick Jones, 49, of Blackwood is a playwright and poet. He tells Carys Thomas about growing up in the valleys with his rockstar brother.

FIRST PERSON: Defibrillator campaigner Phil Hill

South Wales Argus: AUTHOR: Phil Hill at the launch of his children's book The Red Chair in Cwmbran in 2011.

6:30pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

Phil Hill, 41, lives with his wife Sarah-Jayne and two children, Charlotte and Lucas, in Newport. He is the man behind a petition for Jack’s Law to make the provision of heart defibrillators in public places compulsory in Wales. He talks to CAIO IWAN.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Seascape artist Vernon Jones

South Wales Argus: Vernon Jones in Gelli Aur circa 1993.

6:10pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

KNOWN for creating dramatic paintings of waves and seascapes, reporter HAYLEY MILLS finds out what drew Torfaen artist, Vernon Jones, 41, to the sea.

FIRST PERSON: Monmouthshire scriptwriter, playwright and historian Julian Mitchell

South Wales Argus: Catching a salmon in the River Usk

5:02pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HIS talents helped create one of the most popular detectives ever to appear on television screens worldwide. Monmouthshire-based scriptwriter, playwright and local historian Julian Mitchell, 78, talks to KATH SKELLON about his award-winning play, Inspector Morse and working with Kenneth Branagh.

FIRST PERSON: Mayor of Blaenau Gwent, Mostyn Lewis

South Wales Argus: Mostn Lewis and his wife Ann on the wedding day 1965 (4999178)

5:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

BLAENAU Gwent’s Mayor Mostyn Lewis will hand over his chains to a new mayor next month, ending one of the busiest and most rewarding years of his life. He talks to KEILIGH BAKER about how he went from leaving school at 15 to representing his borough.

FIRST PERSON: Jonathan Adams, Wales Millennium Centre architect

South Wales Argus: First person with Jonathan Adams, architect who designed the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.  Pictured is the outside of the Millennium Centre. (4753535)

6:21pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Architect Jonathan Adams, of Caerleon, talks to JEN MILLS about working on one of his biggest projects - the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

FIRST PERSON: Newport rugby hero, Dennis Perrott

South Wales Argus: FIRST PERSON: Newport rugby hero, Dennis Perrott

6:05pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

He was in the Newport RFC side which famously beat New Zealand back in 1963. Dennis Perrott talks to CAIO IWAN about how his heart was always set on rugby.

FIRST PERSON: Painter, writer and more - Rex Moreton

South Wales Argus: MULTI- TALENTED: Photographer and author Rex Moreton

6:40pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

Painter, photographer, antique dealer and now writer, LAURA LEA meets Rex Moreton who discusses his life of many talents.

FIRST PERSON: Islwyn MP 'inspired by JFK'

South Wales Argus: Chris Evans

3:32pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

Chris Evans, 36, was elected by the voters of Islwyn in 2010 to be their MP after Don Touhig stepped down. He speaks to DAVID DEANS about how a fish bar queue sparked his interest in politics.

FIRST PERSON: Pontypool ex-soldier and Legion stalwart

6:14pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

Ex-serviceman, retired senior police officer and civilian and financial investigator with Gwent Police, Mike Jones talks to SOPHIE BROWNSON about his career and work as British Legion member.

FIRST PERSON: Newport adventurer Richard Parks

South Wales Argus: FIRST PERSON: Newport adventurer Richard Parks

6:10pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

“AFTER leaving Monmouth School I spent a year in South Africa and then came back to university in Cardiff and my first senior rugby contract with Newport.

First Person: Maurice Trumper, OBE, farmer from Llanfair Kilgeddin

South Wales Argus: Maurice Trumper (R) at 80 yrs old with grandaughter Louise Trumper at 2011 Usk Show with her prize rosettes won with British Saddleback pigs also in picture pig vet Bob Stevenson (L) (3136842)

6:04pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

Maurice Trumper, OBE, 82, a farmer based in Llanfair Kilgeddin near Usk, talks to CARYS THOMAS about his work with the NFU and growing up in war time.

FIRST PERSON: Gwent police and crime commissioner Ian Johnston

South Wales Argus: Gwent police and crime commissioner Ian Johnston

4:38pm Wednesday 18th December 2013

After being inspired by a conversation as a teenager with a local policeman, Ian Johnston worked his way up through the force and now has one main aim as Gwent’s police and crime commissioner. He talks to RUTH MANSFIELD.

FIRST PERSON: Faye Edwards Kings Church volunteer

7:12pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

Kings Church volunteer FAYE EDWARDS talks to SOPHIE BROWNSON about her journey with Jesus Cares.

FIRST PERSON: Ex-Dragon and Wales star Lloyd Burns on life after injury

South Wales Argus: Lloyd Burns with his Welsh cap (2388195)

7:40pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

Bricklayer turned Newport Gwent Dragons star and seven-times capped Wales international, Pontypool’s Lloyd Burns, 28, tells Robert Owen about his devastation following a career-ending injury at the height of a fairytale rise to the pinnacle of international rugby – and the coaching role he is fulfilling now in Gwent.

FIRST PERSON: Usk writer Julie McGowan

South Wales Argus: Usk Author Julie McGowan (2440623)

6:00pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

FROM nursing to writing novels, performing on stage and spearheading a campaign to save her local library, Usk writer Julie McGowan speaks to Kath Skellon.

FIRST PERSON: Film maker Peter Watkins-Hughes

South Wales Argus: VIRAL: A scene from Cow, a film about the dangers of texting and driving

6:02pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

Peter Watkins-Hughes, 47, campaigner to save Brynmawr Market Cinema, tells CARYS THOMAS about his film career and growing up in the Valleys.

First Person: Mary Isitt, ex-corporal the ATS with the 1st Monmouthshire Regiment

5:02pm Tuesday 5th November 2013

Mary Isitt, 91, remembers her days as a Corporal in the Auxiliary Territorial Service attached to the 1st Monmouthshire Regiment and shares her stories with Carys Thomas of the Second World War and growing up in Maindee.

FIRST PERSON: Giant vegetable grower Ian Neale tells SOPHIE BROWNSON his secrets

South Wales Argus: 'ONE LONG HOLIDAY': Ian Neale. Ian at home in Langstone

6:02pm Wednesday 30th October 2013

From pumpkins to world record breaking swedes, Langstone's IAN NEALE, 70, who shot to fame when his growing was commented on by rap star Snoop Dogg, shares his journey to becoming a champion giant vegetable grower with SOPHIE BROWNSON.

First Person: Ian Neale

South Wales Argus: 'ONE LONG HOLIDAY': Ian Neale. Ian at home in Langstone

5:02pm Wednesday 30th October 2013

"GROWING the giant stuff you are going against nature but I just see it as a challenge.

FIRST PERSON: Party leader of the Welsh Independent Group. Gary Witcombe, 76, from Monmouth, talks to Kath Skellon about growing up in the Valleys, life on the railways and active service in Malaya.

South Wales Argus: Gary when he was four years old (1650567)

6:02pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

HE HAS seen active service in The Far East, fired the Queen's engine and is the party leader of the Welsh Independent Group. Gary Witcombe, 76, talks to KATH SKELLON about growing up in the Valleys and life on the railways.

FIRST PERSON: Newport singer-songwriter Jon Lilygreen

South Wales Argus:

6:02pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

LAURA LEA meets Jon Lilygreen, one half of singing duo Lilygreen and Maguire, to talk record deals, songwriting and that Cypriot Eurovision performance.

FIRST PERSON: Passion for fashion becomes big business

South Wales Argus: SWA ST 08/03/2013

First person feature with Marianne Sparrenius-Waters of RedDog Design at Llancayo Court near Usk (1284760)

6:02pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

She's the creative force behind a successful business that has won acclaim from the likes of celebrities such as Dannii Minogue. Marianne Sparrenius-Waters,55, talks to Kath Skellon about growing up in Sweden, travelling the world and settling down near Abergavenny.

First Person : Jack White

6:05pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013

REPORTER LAURA LEA speaks to 31-year-old composer and songwriter, Jack White, about music, learning Welsh and Icelandic singing.

FIRST PERSON: Argus cartoonist Tim Harries

South Wales Argus: First Person Tim Harries - Never say Dai.Tim at home working at sketches on his computer

7:30pm Wednesday 25th September 2013

“I WAS born in Ynysybwl, in 1967, and my whole family and I moved to Pontypridd in 1969, when I was just two-years-old.

FIRST PERSON: Remarkable life of a Blaenavon war hero’s daughter

South Wales Argus: WARTIME TALE: Phyllis Roberts

6:20pm Wednesday 18th September 2013

Christopher Davies was a WWI hero who led 20 other prisoners of war back home. His daughter Phyllis Roberts, 89, told Jen Mills his amazing story as well as describing her own experiences in WWII and serving her community as a councillor, news agent and magistrate.

FIRST PERSON: Newport musician and artist Jon Langford talks to MARIA WILLIAMS about punk, meeting Johnny Cash and moving to the USA

South Wales Argus: Newport's Jon Langford

2:02pm Wednesday 11th September 2013

FOUNDER of punk band The Mekons, artist and campaigner against the death penalty in his adopted US home state of Illinois, Newport's Jon Langford, 55, talks to MARIA WILLIAMS about his childhood, the late seventies musical explosion - and the meeting between his musical hero Johnny Cash and his mum.

FIRST PERSON: Newport musician and artist Jon Langford talks

12:02pm Wednesday 11th September 2013

FOUNDER of punk band The Mekons, artist and campaigner against the death penalty in his adopted US home state of Illinois, Newport's Jon Langford, 55, talks to MARIA WILLIAMS about his childhood, the late seventies musical explosion - and the meeting between his musical hero Johnny Cash and his mum.

FIRST PERSON: Newport writer can’t resist the pull of his home city

South Wales Argus: THE WAVE: Newport writer and teacher John Gimblett has published two detective novels set in the city, featuring several local landmarks

11:30am Wednesday 28th August 2013

POET and teacher John Gimblett, 53, is the author who has created the Newport private eye Ed Wall. He talks to MARIA WILLIAMS about the sherry-drinking detective, his childhood in Bettws and travels in Asia.

FIRST PERSON: Freedom for Chepstow man so precious after POW trauma

South Wales Argus: ‘I GET EMOTIONAL’: Arthur Selway worked in iron ore mines while a prisoner of the Japanese in the Second World War. The whole experience was one that he can never forget

6:30pm Wednesday 29th May 2013

Spending three years as a prisoner of war in Japan still brings back painful memories for Chepstow’s Arthur Selway but there is one place where he can always feel happy – home.

FIRST PERSON: County-mad butcher’s recipe for success

South Wales Argus: BANG ON: Mike Edwards with his County sausages

3:40pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013

He has been a butcher since he left school at 16.

FIRST PERSON: Fundraiser and expeditioner David Thompson

South Wales Argus: David Thompson has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

12:03pm Monday 13th May 2013

THE loss of his father inspired him to continue taking on extreme expeditions to raise tens of thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support and now Newport’s David Thompson is encouraging others to do the same. He tells his story to RUTH MANSFIELD.

FIRST PERSON: Abertillery boss of UK Crossrail project, Terry Morgan

South Wales Argus: PROUD OF WELSH ROOTS: Terry Morgan was born in Abertillery, grew up in Cwmbran and now lives in the Midlands.

2:52pm Wednesday 3rd April 2013

He is in charge of spending £120 million a month, a long way from his humble beginnings in Abertillery. Terry Morgan, 64, explains how he rose from being an apprentice in Cwmbran to the chairman of Crossrail, in charge of building the east-west rail link in London. He talks to HAYLEY MILLS.

FIRST PERSON: Up and coming Newport football talent, Lee Evans

South Wales Argus: LOOKING BACK: Lee Evans reflects on his career and talks of those who inspired him

4:30pm Wednesday 13th February 2013

RELEASED by Bristol Rovers at 15, Lee Evans thought his dreams of making it as a footballer were over. But inspired by the support of his family, and his home-town club Newport County AFC, the level-headed teen has earned a head-spinning move to Midlands giants Wolves, and in the process proved that through hard work you can achieve your dreams. He talks to WILL BAIN.

FIRST PERSON: Abergavenny film veteran Debra Bowring

South Wales Argus: LIFE IN MOVIES: Debra Bowring, who has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 55 years

5:40pm Wednesday 16th January 2013

She’s worked with Hollywood movie stars and legendary film directors in a career spanning more than five decades. Debra Bowring, 74, from Abergavenny, spoke to KATH SKELLON.

FIRST PERSON: Ron Jones, Bassaleg veteran of Auschwitz

South Wales Argus: ‘NEVER FORGET’: Ron Jones, from Bassaleg, 96, is a survivor of the Auschwitz prisoner of war camp in the Second World War

3:40pm Wednesday 9th January 2013

He sells poppies and gives talks to schoolchildren so that they never forget the sacrifices made in war, but RON JONES will never forget his time in the Auschwitz prisoner-of-war camp, or his 900-mile ‘death march’ across Europe.

FIRST PERSON: Ricky Valance

South Wales Argus: FIRST PERSON: Ricky Valance

3:10pm Wednesday 19th December 2012

IN the halcyon days of the 1960s Ricky Valance achieved nationwide success with the Number One single 'Tell Laura I Love Her', becoming the first Welsh man to score such a hit. EMMA MACKINTOSH met the singer to uncover his Monmouthshire roots.






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