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.

FIRST PERSON: Newport actor, Kieron Self

South Wales Argus: AN ACTOR’S LIFE: Newport-born Keiron Self

4:10pm Wednesday 5th December 2012

When you see Keiron Self, your first thought might be the character Roger Bailey in My Family. But did you know the Newport-born thespian is also an Oxford graduate and Shakespearian actor? Keiron Self – currently starring in panto at the Riverfront, Newport – spoke to EMMA MACKINTOSH.

FIRST PERSON: Star of Newport amateur stage, Peter Hourahine

South Wales Argus: MUSIC MAN: Peter Hourahine has been an entertainer for more than sixty years

4:01pm Wednesday 28th November 2012

A star of the Newport amateur stage for more than 60 years, Peter Hourahine has entertained audiences through his performances with the STC Musical Society and with the vocal group The Fortunaires.

FIRST PERSON: Newport stalwart David Hando

South Wales Argus: COUNTY ROLE: David Hando with Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh pictured this summer

12:20pm Wednesday 14th November 2012

THERE'S more to former Newport councillor David Hando than politics – he spoke to WILL BAIN about his time in Uganda and his love of Newport County.

FIRST PERSON: Paralympic medallist, Chepstow's Jenny McLoughlin

South Wales Argus: ‘ATTITUDES HAVE CHANGED’: Paralympian medallist Jenny McLoughlin says people are still talking about London 2012. Here she is taking a break from training at the National Indoor Athletic Centre University of Wales Institute

4:30pm Wednesday 7th November 2012

London 2012 saw the best-ever performance from British athletes – emotional comebacks, tear-jerking successes and a British nation looking on with pride. Chepstow T37 sprinter Jenny McLoughlin, 21, spoke to MELISSA JONES about the life-changing experience of running three events in four days at the Paralympics.

Why I’m not ready for pipe and slippers - radical valleys councillor

South Wales Argus: ‘RED RAY’: Cllr Ray Davies is always a colourful character

4:10pm Wednesday 17th October 2012

HE'S been arrested on anti-nuclear protests, was shot in Palestine and was 65 when his youngest child was born. Valleys councillor Ray Davies talks to CHARLES BOOTH about his humble beginnings – and why he fights injustice at home and abroad.

FIRST PERSON: Operatic life of stars, songs and suitcases

South Wales Argus: A LIFE IN OPERA: Karl Daymond outside his World’s Smallest Opera House in Tutshill

4:40pm Wednesday 10th October 2012

OPERA singer and actor Karl Daymond has performed for royalty, starred alongside the late legendary Welsh actor Victor Spinetti and owns ‘the smallest opera house in the world’.

FIRST PERSON: Newport toastmaster’s red-coat roll of fame

South Wales Argus: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Harry Poloway, toastmaster for more than sixty years, looks back on his extraordinary life

3:10pm Wednesday 26th September 2012

War veteran, electrical engineer and toastmaster to the world’s rich and famous for more than 60 years, Newport’s 96-year-old Harry Poloway has had quite a life. He talked to NATALIE CROCKETT.

FIRST PERSON: Latvia's man in Abergavenny

South Wales Argus: PASSIONATE ABOUT ROLE: Andy Taurins, honorary consul for Wales and the Republic of Latvia, in his office

3:40pm Wednesday 12th September 2012

Forced to flee his homeland with his family as a child to escape the advancing Red Army, Andy Taurins has remained close to his Latvian heritage, acting as a cultural and trade ambassador linking Latvia with Wales. He talks to KATH SKELLON about repatriation and life as an honorary consul.

FIRST PERSON: Fashion designer became conservationist and campaigner

2:00pm Wednesday 29th August 2012

Charles Lester founded the couture brand "Charles and Patricia Lester" with his wife. He has dressed stars including Barbra Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor for the red carpet and his creations have been featured twice in the V&A. Now, he prefers his work as a conservationist and campaigner. KEILIGH BAKER reports.

FIRST PERSON: Caldicot woman still going strong after lifetime of helping others

South Wales Argus: Olive Evans

4:06pm Monday 27th August 2012

SHE's a lifesaver, taught Monmouth MP David Davies and organised a memorial for two evacuees killed yards from her home. Former Labour councillor Olive Evans was rewarded with an MBE which she dedicated to her late husband. MELISSA JONES reports.

FIRST PERSON: Maesycwmmer man behind the Olympic cycling gold rush

South Wales Argus: ‘LIVED MY DREAM’: Darren Tudor, head of Welsh Cycling, at Newport Velodrome

4:10pm Wednesday 15th August 2012

He’s coached a host of British cycling’s Olympic champions, with double gold medalist Laura Trott citing him as a major factor in her success. Darren Tudor, the Valleys-based head of Welsh Cycling, tells WILL BAIN about life at the heart of British Cycling’s winning machine.

FIRST PERSON: Charity queen who’d love to be out of a job

South Wales Argus: HELPING OTHERS: Alexandra Morgan, winner of the Miss Heart of Wales competition

4:10pm Wednesday 8th August 2012

Alexandra Morgan is much more than just a pretty face. She has raised more than £50,000 for charity and is now a community fundraiser for Tenovus. Her life has been a rollercoaster of emotion but, despite that, the 28-year-old is determined to keep up her inspirational work. She talked to MELISSA JONES.

FIRST PERSON: Newport's ex-mayor, Cllr Miqdad al-Nuaimi

South Wales Argus: REMARKABLE LIFE: Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi

1:30pm Wednesday 18th July 2012

Born in Iraq, Miqdad Al-Nuaimi is the only Newport councillor – re-elected in May after he had lost his seat in 2008 – who is also a professor.

FIRST PERSON: Ebbw Vale gran's MBE for raising £1m for cancer cause

South Wales Argus: MBE SURPRISE: Liz Sullivan, 66, from Ebbw Vale, who has battled breast cancer twice and helped

3:10pm Wednesday 11th July 2012

Grandmother Liz Sullivan MBE is one of the founders of a Valleys charity that has raised more than £1million for breast cancer research.

FIRST PERSON: Gwent policeman tells of Aberfan horror

South Wales Argus: LOOKING BACK: Former police officer Royce Gardener

3:10pm Wednesday 4th July 2012

LONG-SERVING policeman Royce Gardener MBE tells Alison Sanders about what he saw on the day 116 children were killed in Aberfan.

FIRST PERSON: Ex-copper turned Gwent writer tells of London bomb terror

South Wales Argus: TROUBLED TIMES: Martyn Parfitt as a sergeant in Barnet, during the years when there were bombs and riots in London

10:50am Wednesday 27th June 2012

RETIRED Metropolitian police inspector-turned author Martyn Parfitt, 55, witnessed horrific scenes in the aftermath of London terrorist attacks during a career spanning almost 20 years.






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