Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has said the name change of a local pub is a victory for people power.
The Crown Carveries pub, formerly known as The Lord Tonypandy, will now be called The Fulling Mill after Leanne started a petition which gathered more than 600 signatures.
The petition was launched in the wake of a series of programmes in commemoration of the Aberfan disaster fifty years ago which claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults when a coal tip slid into a village, engulfing its primary school.
During the programmes, viewers were reminded of the dubious role that Lord Tonypandy, who was the Labour Secretary of State for Wales at the time of the disaster, played in coercing the people of Aberfan to use £150,000 from their appeal fund to remove the tips that caused so much devastation.
Ms Wood appealed to the pub’s owners to change the name because of the controversy and hundreds of people subsequently backed her.
“There was a palpable feeling in the Rhondda that local people were sick and tired of being associated with Lord Tonypandy,” said Ms Wood.
“His role during the Aberfan disaster was appalling; not only to the people of that village but to the nation as a whole.
“The pub’s owners have made the right decision to change the name. More than 600 people signed the petition and I had many comments on social media about it. The pub owners have listened to local opinion so this is a victory for people power.”
Ms Wood added: “I am disappointed however that they did not involve local people in the naming of the pub. This was a missed opportunity to get some consensus on the name and generate some positive publicity following its refurbishing.
“I would have also liked to see something that reflected the bilingual status of our country but I welcome the decision to change the name nonetheless.”
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