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MYSTERY RUNNERS WALL OF FAME

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has presented a series of framed prints of past Nos Galan Mystery Runners to the owners of the 17th Century hotel and civic dignitaries and guests will attend the special event.

The Brynfynnon Hotel will now boast a Nos Galan Wall of Fame, complete with a special commemorative plaque, which will be unveiled on the day.

Among those expected to attend the event is the Nos Galan founder Bernard Baldwin MBE, now aged 86. Also present will be members of the Nos Galan Committee.

Situated across the road from St Gwynno’s Church, Llanwonno – the last resting place of legendary runner Guto Nyth Bran – the Brynfynnon Hotel is already a popular tourist attraction.

Thousands of people from around the world visit the Brynfynnon Hotel each year, both to sample the fantastic meals and refreshments on offer and also to follow the history of Nos Galan.

Traditionally on New Year’s Eve each year, it is in the bar of the Brynfynnon Hotel that the Nos Galan Mystery Runners makes their first public appearance, often seen behind the bar pulling the odd pint or two!

Hotel publicans Aaron and Natalie Lewis were keen that Nos Galan is recognised at their venue all year around, so Rhondda Cynon Taf Council set up the Nos Galan Wall of Fame.

Among the photographs featured in the Nos Galan Wall of Fame are Mystery Runner Martin Hyman, pictured outside a snow-covered Brynfynnon Hotel in 1962, John Whetton in 1970, Steve Jones in 1984, and James Hook and Jamie Roberts in 2009.

Cllr Andrew Morgan, of the Nos Galan committee said: “I am sure the Nos Galan Wall of Fame will be a big boost to the Brynfynnon Hotel as a tourist attraction, with many people visiting all year round. It will also be a great pleasure to welcome Bernard Baldwin to the event.

“It was his vision all those years ago that went on to make Nos Galan an event that is known around the world, attracting thousands of people to Mountain Ash each New Year’s Eve.”

Nos Galan is once again being supported this year by The Valleys Heart and Soul initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the region as a tourist destination, bringing communities closer together and helping to restore pride and passion into the area.

For further details on Nos Galan call Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Events team on 01443 424123 or Email events@rctcbc.gov.uk

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