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Welsh on the borders; LETTERS.

SIR - It was with both pleasure and amazement that I read about Caroline Hagg, from Monmouth Comprehensive School, winning the Welsh Learners' medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod ("Winner of learners' medal in record entry year says: 'It's not easy being Welsh in Monmouth'", May 27).

As a Welsh learner myself who has had close family ties with Monmouthshire, I congratulate her on her fine achievement. Her Welsh teacher should also be congratulated on her success. I'm sure it must be difficult teaching Welsh in that beautiful but very anglicised border district. It was good to read that an A-level class was being taught in the subject for the first time.

Congratulations are also due to the local MP David Davies.

Although I frequently disagree with his political views, I respect him for his mastery of the Welsh language.

I was fortunate in being taught Welsh by an inspirational teacher, Mr WC Elvet Thomas, of Cathays High School, Cardiff.

He taught us the importance of the Welsh language and of a commitment to Wales.

Finally, Caroline says that it can be difficult being Welsh in Monmouth. I can assure her that it's not easy being Welsh in Swansea either! KEVIN R MORGAN Llansamlet, Swansea
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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