I spent a long weekend in North Wales, and should probably be drummed out of SSiW for not taking full advantage in speaking Welsh (not all the circumstances were under my control, is my excuse).
But one bit of excitement, thanks to the co-operation of my lovely lady wife, was a quick visit to the on-street set of Rownd a Rownd, in Menai Bridge.
It was late-ish evening, but fortunately still light, and after a few goes “Rownd a Rownd” the town centre, we found it, looking remarkably like its TV self, except that the forecourt seemed a bit too narrow for some of the scenes we see there (trick of the camera, I think).
As mentioned on the programmes website, there is a sign there advising passers by that this is a TV set and that the shops aren’t real. There is only a low chain discouraging access, which I might have climbed over, had not the lights inside the paper shop suddenly come on and the cleaners(!) started work, so I remained outside the wire. Everything looked like it does on screen, including the new bar “Copa”, except that the cafe seemed strangely anonymous, and the surface of the forecourt seemed to have been newly tarmacced.
Some K-Kabs vehicles were parked there.
I felt suitably stage-struck. However, at that time of evening, the streets were rather deserted, so I had no chance to find out whether everyone in Menai Bridge really does speak Welsh all the time …
…and we then went to eat in the (very good) “Taste of India”, and didn’t think it worthwhile trying Welsh in there. I did look around to see if Alwyn and Iris were there on a crafty date, but no such luck.
If you want to have a look on streetview, the best way seems to be to start at the Bulkeley Arms, Menai Bridge, then turn around 180 degrees, and “go down” the street facing you, and it’s on the right.