News of Llwchwr Town Council table stacking plans goes viral
A SMALL Swansea-based town council has become an internet sensation — thanks to a stack of tables.
An innocuous nib (news in brief), gleaned from the minutes of a Llwchwr Town Council meeting, about how councillors decided to experiment with different methods of stacking tables in the town's Welfare Hall, appeared on the Evening Post's website.
Now the tables are enjoying the same level of notoriety enjoyed by a round piece of furniture owned by King Arthur and his knights.
Such postings could be expected to attract a muted response but in this case the nib stacked up to a staggering 10,000 or so hits (people visiting the page using their computer, phone or other handheld device).
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Llwchwr councillor and member of its Welfare Hall Management Committee, Mair Bryan, said: "What can you say about something like this?
"Tables are tables, I can't see why so many people are so interested."
She did add, however: "They are very nice tables, hopefully they will last a long time."
Explaining the phenomenon, Evening Post editor Jonathan Roberts said: "The online reaction to this story has clearly been phenomenal, and it demonstrates perfectly the difference between the kind of stories people want to read when they pick up the newspaper or visit the website.
"What was a very short, almost tongue-in-cheek story in the paper, relegated to the least prominent position on the page, is the one that thousands of people are talking about online.
"But it's important to make clear that it's our job, as the local newspaper, to tell you, our readers, what's happening in your community — from the very serious, to the heart-warming, to the what some might label as trivial.
"And there's nothing wrong with the ones that raise a smile too."
Previously it was reported that the town council had noted that a number of the new tables had been vandalised.
And in breaking news, it is understood that the town council has discussed the possibility of passing on some of its old tables to the local cricket club.
Meanwhile, online readers saw the funny side of the story and enjoyed a spot of banter.
A poster calling themselves Victor-Mildew said: "Has this story been put forward for an award yet?"
John Pearse, @johnpearse on Twitter, said: "Never mind Papal elections, there's real news happening in South Wales."
While Duckorange showed concern by writing: "We, your loyal readers, demand a full investigative follow-up to this story.
"This is important, not just for health and safety in South Wales, but for table-stackers the world over."
Sadly, none of the town councillors approached by the Evening Post were prepared to be photographed next to the tables in question.