Six Wrexham-related stories which will be made into souvenirs for the launch of Tŷ Pawb have been revealed.
The winning stories where chosen in a public poll, which saw just under 200 votes cast in a shortlist of 25 weird, wonderful and historic stories relating to the town’s history.
Over the past few months the team at Oriel Wrecsam and Tŷ Pawb have undertaken a consultation with the general public to find out some of the most interesting and unique stories relating to Wrexham.
The 25 stories ranged from wild street parties, to a winner of Miss World and an enormous hidden stash of Lego bricks buried beneath the town!
Stories include Wrexham AFC, including Wrexham.com’s research into a possible historic account of the founding meeting, along with the more recent dodged bullet of previous owners.
A public vote on the top stories closed on November 25th, with 198 people having their say and deciding on the winning tales.
The most popular with 23% of the votes (40) was story 20, which highlighted the Welsh language heritage of the town. Hannah Wright, who shared her story as part of the shortlist, said: “Welsh is relevant, traditional, current and cultural.”
The full list of six winning stories can be found below:
Story 20 (23% / 40 votes) – ‘Welsh language’
Story 7 (13% / 26 votes) – ‘A small world’ – No matter where you go in the world, you always seem to meet someone from Wrexham!
Story 22 (13% / 26 votes) – ‘A life dedicated to others: Marjorie Dykins’
Story 25 (11% / 21 votes) – ‘Croeso i Wrecsam: Welcoming the World’
Story 1 (10% / 19 votes) – ‘Wrexham AFC: A life-saving club!’
Story 24 (9% / 17 votes) – ‘The town that makes!’
These six stories will be made into souvenirs of Wrexham by six different artists, and will be available for sale on Dydd Llun Pawb – the opening day for Tŷ Pawb – on April 2.
Earlier in December Wrexham.com reported that the winning six artists had been chosen – and following an open call, the following were crowned the winners:
- Sophia Leadill – Wrexham-based multimedia artist –
- John Merrill – Sculptor based near Llangollen –
- Marcus Orlandi – London-based performance artist –
- Nicholas Pankhurst – London-based sculptor –
- Martha Todd – London-based ceramicist, originally from near Wrexham –
- Bedwyr Williams – Caernarfon-based performance and moving image artist –
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “I’m very pleased to see that the people of Wrexham have voted on those stories chosen to be represented as part of Dydd Llun Pawb – and it’s especially pleasing to see the most popular choice was based on the town’s Welsh language heritage.
“I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I look forward to seeing what our artists produce and unveil on Dydd Llun Pawb.”
With less than 100 days until the official opening of Tŷ Pawb, we recently took a trip around the site to see the progress. Keep an eye on our website over the festive period to see our video from the morning!