At the end of January, the BBC published an article about the pub The Seven Stars in Wrexham, the largest town in North Wales. This pub was renamed Saith Seren, a direct translation into Welsh, and is being run by the newly-formed Wrexham Welsh Centre.
Wrexham has become the first location in Wales chosen to be a “bilingual town” in a scheme to promote the use of the Welsh language. The project, drawn up by the Welsh government and the Welsh Language Board, hopes to encourage more people to use Welsh in everyday life in the town.
People are also welcome to drop their suggestions for a name for the new beer, which is being brewed with the help of Pene Coles from the Sandstone Brewery, who sits on the centre’s board of directors.
This pub features regular live music by Welsh-language bands and local bands with poetry, film and theatre, and serves as a focus for hundreds of Welsh learners in the area.
Although the aim is to promote the use of Welsh, the centre is open to all members of the public, and as well as food, drink and entertainment, the centre hopes to offer meeting rooms, community facilities and office space. Phase two of the project, the upstairs renovation of the listed building, is expected to be completed by June.
If you are interested in the Welsh language, you can also read Can Wales Really Trust Google Translate?