A set of brand new souvenirs celebrating the special memories of Wrexham residents are to be produced as part of the opening of the town’s brand new arts and markets space.
Over the last six months hundreds of Wrexhamites have shared their unique stories of the town through conversations in coffee shops, workshops in schools and stalls at street festivals, as well as by getting in touch online.
The process has revealed some never before heard tales of Wrexham, along with many much loved favourite facts, sights, sounds and even smells of the town.
These tales will now form the inspiration for six new souvenirs which will be produced and made available to buy at the opening of Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham’s £4.5 million arts and market space, when it opens in April 2018.
Commenting on the souvenirs, Jo Marsh, Creative Director of Ty Pawb, said: “Ty Pawb will be a place where the whole community can come together, and a set of brand new souvenirs, inspired by the people of Wrexham and celebrating all that is great about our town, will be the perfect symbol of this.
“We’ve been fascinated by the stories we’ve been told, they’ve made us smile, laugh, and often brought a tear to the eye.
“This hasn’t been a history project, but an uncovering of the little things which make the place so special to so many, and we can’t wait to share the stories we’ve gathered, and our brand new souvenirs, with everyone.”
Some of the stories shared from residents include Champion Boxer Johnny Basham helping a school boy sell his newspapers in the 1930’s, millions of LEGO bricks being buried deep beneath the town to escape destruction, werewolves roaming Wrexham’s streets, and of course many recollections of Mickey Thomas’ free kick.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “I would encourage anyone interested in Wrexham’s past to take part in the vote for the six souvenirs which will be sold at Tŷ Pawb.
“The souvenirs produced have been inspired by a number of memories of bygone Wrexham, and I’m sure members of the public will have equally fond memories of them.”
A shortlist of the top 20 stories have now be put to the public vote, where the six souvenirs to be professionally produced will be decided. Voting is open now, and closes on November 25th.
The new souvenirs will be unveiled at Ty Pawb’s opening event, Dydd Llun Pawb, on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018, with full details of the event being announced soon.
You can vote for your favourite story / further information, visit can be found here here.