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October 24, 2014
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Halloween Nights at Castell Coch

Nick Brunger

Storyteller Nick Brunger reveals Castell Coch’s mysterious history

Nick Brunger hosts a live interpretation tour of Castell Coch and unveils the forgotten legends of its past.

Castell Coch Cavalier

“The most famous local ghost story is the legend of the Castell Coch Cavalier.

“The story comes from reports from the servants of a lady who rented the castle as private residence from the Bute family for a short period many years ago. Apparently, a male servant told of how he awoke in the middle of the night to find the ghost of a cavalier standing at the foot of his bed.

“Naturally, the servant had quote the fright, but escaped unharmed.

“The cavalier is said to have hidden treasure in the walls of the castle before going off to fight in the civil war.

“But tragically he was never to return, except as the ghost apparition who continues searching the castle grounds for what he had lost all those years before.”

Dame Griffiths

“Castell Coch’s other infamous spectral figure is Dame Griffiths.

“Hers is a story of devastating loss; her son is said to have drowned in a bottomless pit of water whilst playing in the surrounding woodland many moons ago.

“His body was never found, and Dame Griffiths never recovered from losing her beloved child.

“Since then, the spirit of Dame Griffiths has been spotted by a number of visitors wandering through the castle searching for her boy, yearning to be reunited with him.”

Castell Coch

Welsh Noble Ifor Bach

“The old Welsh noble, Ifor Bach, is said to have owned the original Medieval castle that stood on the site before the Marquess of Bute created the building that is so recognisable today.

“Legend has it he used witchcraft to turn two of his men into stone eagles, and entrusted them to guard his treasure buried deep within a castle chamber.

“Following Ifor Bach’s death, two thieves broke into the castle and dug for his great treasure but were foiled by his stone eagles, who instantly sprang to life to fend off the villains. The thieves then met their grisly end.

“No one ever discovered Ifor Bach’s treasure. Rumour has it the riches remain hidden below the fairytale castle to this day, waiting to be found.”

Halloween Nights runs from Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November. Tours are available at 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8.00pm and 8.45pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for adults.

Booking is essential as tickets are limited to 25 per tour. Call Castell Coch on 02920 810 101 to book tickets.

October 21, 2014
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The Shrieking Violets at The Lewis Arms

The Shrieking Violets

We have another treat for live music fans; the Shrieking Violets are playing The Lewis Arms this Saturday, the 25th of October.

“The violets are an exhilarating, energy filled combo fusing pop punk and rock to create a unique blend of the past and present resulting in well known classics covered in a way you will not expect and will never forget!”

The Shrieking Violets are Rhi, Chris, Jim and Lloyd. Formed in 2010, the band play tracks from Madonna to Metallica, AC/DC to Adele and everything else in between.

Listen to their version of “Whole Lotta Rosie” by AC/DC.

You can follow the band on Twitter or check out their website.

October 20, 2014
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Welcome to Our Cardiff North 2015 General Election Page

Cardiff North Map

Cardiff North is set to be a key marginal seat in next year’s general election. We’ve put together a dedicated page where you can follow all the news and views.

We’re using a service called Rebel Mouse that allows us to bring together tweets and news from all the parliamentary candidates, news outlets and from you.

Use the hashtag #cardiffnorth2015 to share your views via Twitter.

The following parties have put forward candidates (in alphabetical order):

We hope this page will be useful to all residents of Cardiff North. In the upcoming weeks we’ll be asking you what you think and quizzing the candidates.

You can contact us in the usual ways or via the dedicated Twitter account.

Tongwynlais.com has no political affiliation and will treat all parties and candidates equally. You may notice more tweets from a particular candidate; this simply reflects the amount they tweet. We do not curate or edit these tweets. We will also add relevant news from national news outlets.