1st March means one thing in a certain part of the UK. St David is the patron saint of Wales, and while our Welsh cousins may differ in their celebrations from our Irish friends, it is still a day we should all recognise. So with that in mind, the Web Design Review team here in West Yorkshire have put our heads together and after much debate decided on 10 things we love about Wales.
Our Top 10 Things Welsh
At this point we must say these are in no particular order. The arguing over what made the top 10 was passionate enough.
Snowdonia National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty stretching from central to north Wales. The scenery is simply breath taking and Snowdon itself is the highest mountain in England or Wales. It also has a pub at the summit. What more reason do you need to get the hiking boots out this summer?
Now we’ve beaten them in this years 6 Nations we can admit we all have a grudging respect for Welsh rugby. They are well known for punching above their weight on the international scene, winning numerous titles since the turn of the millennium. They’re fanatical support at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium are rightly fiercely proud of, and unflinchingly loyal to, their warriors in red.
Wales is home to some of the best-preserved castles from the medieval era. Caerphilly, Caernarfon and Cardiff are just three of those and all can be visited and explored in what is sure to be a memorable trip.
It may not be as famous internationally as Italian or Chinese cuisine, but the Welsh have given the world some spectacular dishes. Personal favourites of the Web Design Review team include Welsh Rarebit and Picau Ar Y Maen.
5) That Railway Station With The Long Name
The railway station with the longest name in the world is located on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (feel free to check my spelling!) is a tourist attraction with people getting off at the station simply to have a photo taken with the platform sign.
6) Charlotte Church
A very contentious selection but the boss insisted. Charlotte indeed has the ‘voice of an angel’ and was one of the nations sweethearts for a time. Recent years have seen her drift from the public eye following a string of tabloid controversies. However, she retains a huge fan here in Huddersfield – so Charlotte makes the list!
7) Prince Charles
Yes, we know Charles wasn’t born in Wales but as the Prince of Wales he gets the nod. His work with the Princes Trust helps thousands of children every year and his passion for environmental causes is well known. Our future King, we’re big fans in the office.
8) Gavin & Stacey
The people of Essex may disagree but we in Huddersfield say Gavin and Stacey is Welsh. One of the best British comedies of modern times, Ruth Jones portrayal of Nessa as a stereotypical Welsh tart was hilarious. The series was also moving at times and has created legions of fans.
9) Tom Jones
Little can be said about Tom Jones that hasn’t already. A genuine world superstar, the crooner has been at the pinnacle of showbusiness for over 50 years. Songs like ‘Delilah’, ‘The Green Green Grass of Home’ and ‘Sex Bomb’ have made him popular throughout his career and his recent stint as a coach on The Voice introduced him to a whole new generation. Take a bow, Sir Tom.
10) My Beloved
I had to fight tooth and nail to include her, but after threatening to write nothing for a week my colleagues finally relented. My fiancé hails from Caerphilly in South Wales and is incredibly proud of her homeland. She also makes a fantastic cawl (lamb stew) and is proof that the Welsh cwtch (a snuggly cuddle) is amongst the greatest on earth.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi
Or for those of us that don’t speak Welsh, Happy St David’s Day!
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