As regular readers of this blog might know, my family is of Welsh decent. My Dad was born in the City of Merthyr Tydfil, a place that while he has fond memories and many friends is no place he’ll retire too.It was once a giant of the industrial revolution providing a huge portion of the coal used in 19th century Britain, more recently it is known for being where viagra was discovered. However, it is an economically depressed city to explain how bad Merthyr is lets look by the numbers (and not family lore.) Out of the entire UK it Ranks:
- fifth worst for education, just 38.2% of students achieve GCSE results between A* and C*.
- 13th worst for economic activity.
- 13th worst for life expectancy: women live on average 73.8 years and men 78.1.
- while 30% of the population has a limiting long-term illness.
- & it is the ancestral Hometown of Donny Osmonds family.
It was rated the 3rd worst place to live in the United Kingdom.Because of the family connection, when I see news items on Merthyr during my reading of the Western Mail I always stop to read.Today it is my duty to help Andrew Barry, president of the Merthyr Tydfil Chamber of Trade and a councillor for the city council. Mr Barry recently defended spending $220,000 (£100,000) on sponsoring last summers Donny Osmond Concert in Merthyr by saying:
“This is some of the best money the council has ever spent because it puts Merthyr on the international map”
I thought I would put it on this blog to help put Merthyr on the map – as a Google News Search shows that it never got in the papers over here for some reason…. $220K well spent, well done Mr. Barry.