Banwen St Patrick's Day event to celebrate saint's birth place
AN event to celebrate St Patrick's Day takes place in the Dulais Valley village, believed to be his place of birth today.
St Patrick's Day was celebrated by the Irish worldwide yesterday, but the small population of Banwen will continue to mark his birth at a special commemoration event.
A service will be held at St Patrick's Stone in the village, at 11am, followed by a coffee morning at Sarn Helen Cafe.
Tom Marston, part of a group of historians who began celebrating the connection two decades ago, called on the people of the village to join the event.
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"According to legend, he was born in Banwen, and I think it's important simply because of that," he said.
"Like anything else, if he was a rugby player or something, people would support him and that's what we have here.
"It's also about being proud of the area."
He said the village had seen interest from people as far afield as New York.
"People have left flowers by the stone too," said Mr Marston.
"We don't know who they are, but we see them when we're driving past there.
"This only started out as a group of friends, who used to be part of the historical society.
"We got together for this reason, and we've kept it up.
"We don't expect hundreds to come along."
The Sarn Helen Cafe is open for you to visit and enjoy a cup or tea or coffee of have a bite to eat near the gateway to the Sarn Helen.