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Cardiff Facts

Cardiff has been designated as the world’s first Fair Trade Capital - encouraging ethical trading and fair prices for producers in third world countries

Cardiff is classed as a sporting capital since the completion of the Millennium Stadium, hosting events such as the Six Nations, the FA Cup and the Wales Rally GB. Worldwide attention on Cardiff is set to increase further however, with the development of a £700 million sports village, featuring a snow dome and Olympic size pool with events such as the Ryder Cup in 2010.

The city’s has a reputation as a vibrant centre of learning and Cardiff has one of the largest student populations in the UK

Cardiff Bay development is Europe’s largest waterfront regeneration project, the £102m development of the new Wales Millennium Centre has helped launch Cardiff into the top five most favoured travel and business destinations in the UK.

The city has a distinctive character, a good quality of life and a growing national and international reputation. It presently plays host to numerous large and high profile events, including Britain’s largest free summer festival.

Cardiff was voted as one of the top places to visit by Yours Magazine (Jan 13th 2009) as a city that offers an array of unique attractions and activities, all within easy reach and only a short distance from acres of peaceful parkland and historic sights.

Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd) is the capital and the largest city and county in Wales. According to recent local government estimates, the population of the unitary authority area c. 320,000.

Cardiff has a huge array of parks and open spaces, three of which have achieved national Green Flag status. Cardiff is also the proud holder of the National Britain in Bloom Award for the Large City category 2005 and Gold in the European Entente Florale competition 2006.

Famous People who were born in Cardiff or nearby

Listed below are just a few of the many famous people who were either born in, lived nearby, or had connections with Cardiff

Singer Dame Shirley Bassey,
Broadcaster & Journalist Jeremy Bowen
Singer Charlotte Church
Best selling children’s author Roald Dahl
Broadcaster and journalist John Humphries
Athlete Colin Jackson OBE
Singer Shaking Stephens
Boxer Nicky Piper
Welsh composer, singer and actor Ivor Novello
Footballer and manager Terry Yorath
Singer Cerys Matthews
Boxer Joe Erskine
UK’s most successful disabled Athlete Dame Tanni Grey Thompson
Footballer Ryan Giggs
Sports presenter Gabby Logan
Award winning soprano Katherine Jenkins (born in Nearby Neath)
Legendary Welsh comedian Max Boyce
The much loved comedian Tommy Cooper was born in nearby Caerphilly
Joe Calzaghe, the undefeated world super middleweight champion although born in Hammersmith he moved to Newbrige when he was just 2years old , he recently became the first to receive Freedom of the Caerphilly Borough Council
Sir Anthony Hopkins born in Port Talbot and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, from which he graduated in 1957.
Richard Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in the village of Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Terry Nation the creator of the Daleks in Dr Who.
What’s on Cardiff received an e-mail from “Ruth” who is very passionate about her country and has given us a right ticking off – so apologies Ruth, we are please to add other famous Welsh people born in or near Cardiff ,Tom Jones,’Jones the voice’ born in nearby Pontypridd, Cerys Matthews born in Cardiff, singer and actress Tessie O’Shea and the Stereophonics , so I hope these additions meet with approval, please let us know if we there are more.