‘Disgusted’: Fury as memorial to poet Hedd Wyn is defaced by vandals
A memorial dedicated to the poet Hedd Wyn, who was killed in the First World War, has been defaced by vandals.
The tribute which is in the centre of Trawsfynydd has been daubed with paint, sparking fury from “disgusted” locals.
The incident has also been reported to North Wales Police, which says it is investigating the matter.
The memorial to the poet who was posthumously awarded the Eisteddfod chair in 1917 after losing his life at the Battle of Passchendaele is also dedicated to the other men in the village who fought and died in the conflict.
Cllr Hefin Wyn Jones of Trawsfynydd Community Council, says he’s angry that the memorial has been shown such “disregard”.
He told the Cambrian News: “I was informed of the vandalism by a fellow community councillor on Thursday morning (26 August) and like everyone I have since spoken to, I am angered that the (Hedd Wyn) memorial has had paint thrown on it.”
“Although the paint can easily be removed, it is the thought that someone has such disregard for a memorial that represents all the men from Trawsfynydd that lost their lives in the First World War.
“The matter has been reported to the police, and we are confident that the nearby CCTV will have captured the culprit.”
Nesta Hughes, who lives in the village, said locals are “disgusted” by the incident.
She said: “All the village people who I have spoken to are absolutely disgusted with the behaviour.
“Hedd Wyn represents all the local young men that was killed in the First World War.
“He was not more important than any of them but because he was a well known and respected poet, it brings to mind all the men that were killed in the senseless awful war.”
She added: “I volunteer in his home, the Yr Ysgwrn Cartref Hedd Wyn, and there is still so much interest in the history and the heritage.”
The incident was reported to North Wales police who attended the scene on Thursday afternoon, and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.
A spokesperson for the North Wales Police said: “We were called shortly before 1pm on Thursday, 26 August to report that a statue of Hedd Wyn, in the town centre of Trawsfynydd, had been defaced with paint. Officer enquiries into this incident are ongoing.”