My Dad, Arlon ‘Coco’ Owens, enjoyed his swimming, the gee gees, the choir but most of all he loved Porthcawl, its people and community.

He was the catalyst for many community activities in the town. His vision and drive to get a swimming pool for the town was sadly never and still not realised. Money raised those many years ago have recently been donated to the Porthcawl Athletic Association to assist in the construction of a new pavilion in Locks Common for the community.

I know he would have approved- thank you fellow Trustees, Jack Bridge, Richard Jones and Peter Fenton for your perseverance.

The centre for his modus operandi was Sospan Fach Cafe which was like a community and tourist information centre all rolled into one. Besides being a haven for gossiping locals, skiving school kids, Arlon and the rock behind him, my Mum, Maisie, always provided a warm welcome for new residents and visitors to the town. The manifestation of his love for the community is embodied in his enthusiasm for the Christmas Morning Swim.

Who else could have cajoled a diverse spectrum of townsfolk from Dr Parry, Jones the Bank to council workers to adorn fancy dress on Christmas morning, parade through the town rounded off by a nice dip in the sea.

How proud he, Stan Howells. Dai Viking, Roy Morgan and others must be looking down from above to
see the continuation of this fantastic tradition now unbelievably into its 50th year thanks to the tremendous support from swimmers, spectators, sponsors, fund raisers, collectors and the hard working Christmas Morning Committee.

On behalf of the extended Owens family may I thank you all not just for preserving my father’s and all his cohorts’ memory and legacy but the spirit of the community that still is evident on days like this.

Enjoy and have a great Christmas.

Gareth Owens, son of Arlon Owens