A winning touch for Carmarthen
The main square in Carmarthen has a war memorial. Nothing unusual about that. Except it's a tribute to the local dead of the Boer War - and distinctly grander than the tablets on the front of the nearby Assembly Rooms listing the fallen in the First and Second World Wars.
The those world war memorials I mentioned - see if you can spot the difference:
'For King and Empire' became, just a generation later, 'For King and Country', as Britain slowly moved out of the age of Empire.
On the top photo you can see to the right of the war memorial a board with a raised metal plaque - now this is interesting. A celebration of Gwynfor Evans's by-election victory in Carmarthen in 1966 - the first Westminster seat won by Plaid Cymru. It was one of the most sensational by-election wins - a solid Labour majority overturned, and a seminal moment in the rise of Welsh nationalism.
And as you look carefully, it's clear that the plaque depicts a joyous crowd greeting the by-election victor in the very square where it's now located. A winning touch!
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