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Pictures capture Vetch's farewell
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An exhibition documenting Swansea's final season at the Vetch football ground opens in the city this week.

Photography students at Swansea Institute, together with their tutors, captured images of the ground and fans.

The Swans left the Vetch after 93 years to move to a new 20,000 seater stadium amid emotional scenes last summer.

The images, on show in the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery until 16 April, were commissioned by the supporters trust as a photographic record of the year.

Paul Duerinckx, who runs the photojournalism degree at the institute, said it was collaboration between past and present students and their tutors.

'Poignant reminder'

"The work explores the people, atmosphere and substance of Swansea City's historic home during the final season.

"It is a poignant reminder of the now neglected stadium that provided 93 years of joy and pain to the people of Swansea," said Mr Duerinckx.

When the final whistle blew on the Swans' last game at the Vetch on 11 May last year there were extraordinary scenes as fans helped themselves to seats, advertising hoardings and even pieces of turf from the pitch as mementos of the ground.

Mr Duerinckx said it was the Swansea AFC Supporters Trust that had asked the institute to document the final year.

He said students took different approaches to the subject.

Many of the images appear in a book called The Final Season.

The exhibition runs from 24 February until 16 April.


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