During the 1950s and 60s when foreign travel was beyond most pockets, a group of plumbers, labourers and factory workers gallivanted their way across Europe and spent countless days sunbathing on the French Riviera.

They attended civic receptions, stayed in first class hotels and were the toast of European cities, before returning home to their factory floors and building sites.

Huw Williams tells the extraordinary story of a Welsh folk dance group who for two decades were the United Kingdom's cultural representatives at festivals and pageants throughout Europe.

Dressed in their traditional costume, they appeared on merchandise everywhere - postcards, toffee tins, sticks of rock - and helped create the definitive tourist image of Wales.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20060526
  • 20060925
  • 20070521