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Byline: ZARA WHELAN Reporter

ACOFIWCH Dryweryn tribute on the side of a Welsh slag heap has been destroyed.

The mural was a reproduction of the famous roadside memorial at Llanrhystud near Aberystwyth.

The mural was one of dozens painted all over Wales in response to separate attacks on the famous roadside memorial at Llanrhystud near Aberystwyth.

This reproduction appeared on the side of the Bersham slag heap near Rhostyllen in Wrexham earlier this month.

But the slogan, which refers to the drowning of the village of Capel Celyn to provide water for Liverpool, has been replaced with the name "Frankie G", which was painted over it in large white letters.

The words "Team Frankie" were later painted above the name at the side of the landmark, which is also known as Bonc y Bers.

The "Cofiwch Dryweryn" message has appeared all over Wales and further afield since the Llanrhystud mural was defaced earlier this year.

Speaking to The Daily Post, Cllr Marc Jones, who represents the Grosvenor ward on Wrexham county council, said: "The 'Cofiwch Dryweryn' slogan painted on the Rhostyllen slag heap was a powerful reminder of the drowning of a Welsh community back in the 1960s.

"Despite the passage of time, it was a symbol of Welsh interests being ignored by Westminster and has not been forgotten.

"All but one of the Welsh MPs voted against the Bill to drown the valley, but they were ignored and Liverpool Corporation built its dam.

"The slogan got a new lease of life this year due to some childish vandalism and dozens of new murals and slogans have popped up throughout Wales in the past month or so, including on the Kop at Wrexham's Racecourse and on the side of Saith Seren in the town centre.

"So it's sad that someone has decided to obliterate the slag heap slogan. Regardless of that, the slogan has reminded people about the drowning of Capel Celyn or even got them talking about it for the first time, and that is what this kind of popular protest is all about."

News of the destruction of the slogan on the slag heap has sparked anger and disappointment, with many on social media slamming the move. One wrote: "I hope the person or persons which have destroyed the Cofiwch Dryweryn artwork in Rhostyllen in Wrecsam got soaked for their troubles. Scumbags."

Another said: "I drove from Llangollen and noticed it through the rain, it's been destroyed."

One person suggested the mural be repainted, saying: "That is sad indeed but it can be replaced! Cofiwch Dryweryn!" The mural on the Bonc y Bers was one of many painted in response to vandalism of the original memorial, which was painted over with the word Elvis in early February and then smashed weeks later.

Hundreds of replica murals and banners have popped up in Wales, the UK and beyond, all commemorating the flooding of the Welshspeaking village of Capel Celyn which was drowned to provide water to Liverpool in 1965.


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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 2, 2019
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