Hundreds of Christmas trees are still languishing – uncollected – on the pavements of Penarth despite the fact that the Vale of Glamorgan Council said they would be collected during the last week commencing January 8th .
Unwanted Christmas trees were to be seen huddled together on the corner of Plassey Street and Glebe St next to the bookie’s Ladbrokes
Emma Sands posted on Twitter a long line line of other castaway trees lying prone on a Penarth pavement – laid out at respectful intervals .
They may – or may not – be collected today
Meanwhile those Penarthians who still cling to the ancient traditional Romano/Welsh Julian Calendar – (which had the New Year starting 11 days later than the Gregorian Calendar) – have been marking the start of 2018 with the ceremony of rolling the loquacious talking head of the former Welsh King (and giant) Bendigeidfran into the Bristol Channel.
[PDN Note: the full, complex and somewhat gory – background to the legend can be found in the compendium of Welsh folk tales – the “Mabinogion” translated by Lady Charlotte Guest.
When the Gregorian calendar was introduced by Act of Parliament, Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday 14 September 1752. The consequent “loss” of 11 days did not go down at all well in Wales . Some districts – notably the Gwaun Valley in Pembrokeshire – retained the use the old Julian calendar and its later date for the start of the new New Year (Hen Galan) . The tradition had almost died out but is now being revived in many Welsh communities.]