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New mural celebrates Bethesda’s cultural and industrial past

Mural, Bethesda (Image: Plaid Cymru)

A new mural has been unveiled in Bethesda that documents the town’s cultural and industrial past.

The mural was painted by Darren Evans to coincide with Bethesda’s Bicentenary celebrations, and was painted on the side of a building in the Tân Tŵr area of the town.

The Bethesda Bicentenary celebration is Partneriaeth Ogwen's latest community project, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Capel Bethesda in the town.

The mural was painted following consultations with the local public, and depicts significant parts of Bethesda’s past, including Chwarel Penrhyn’s men’s and women’s choirs.

The mural was funded by the The National Lottery Heritage Fund to coincide with the area’s bid to become an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following its recent completion, the mural was visited by Siân Gwenllian, the local Member of the Senedd, accompanied by Cllr. Rheinallt Puw, the councillor for the Ogwen ward on Gwynedd Council.

Siân Gwenllian MS said: “Bethesda’s incredible past as a focal point of international industry is something the local area is proud of, and it’s right to see that past recognised and celebrated.

“From its literary past, represented by the cover of one of Wales’ most significant novels Un Nos Ola Leuad, to the tumultuous Penrhyn quarry strike, represented by the iconic “Nid Oes Brawdwr yn y Tŷ Hwn” (There is no traitor in this house”) sign.

“The mural reminds us of Bethesda’s immense contribution to the world.

“It is a welcomed addition to the centre of Bethesda, and the artwork is striking.”

Cllr. Rheinallt Puw, the Plaid Cymru councillor who represent Bethesda on Gwynedd Council added: “I’m very glad that the local population were consulted, and the result is excellent.

“The artwork is prominent, thanks to the efforts of Dyffryn Gwyrdd, who cleared Gardd Tan Twr, the public garden below the wall.

“There are very exciting developments in Bethesda as we celebrate the bicentenary

“I hope local residents have an opportunity to pop by and admire the wall.

“I would like to thank all involved in the effort.”



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