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Welsh town’s coronation party axed after organisers fail to raise ‘any money whatsoever’

05 May 2023 2 minute read
Prince Charles. Picture by Arnaud Bouissou (CC0 1.0).

A town’s coronation party had to be cancelled after organisers failed to raise any money to cover costs, claiming there was a “lack of interest”.

Caldicot, in south-east Wales, was due to host a celebration in the town centre complete with big screen and children’s entertainment, but with just over a week to go the event was axed.

In an online post, Caldicot Town Team said a crowdfunding page had been running for 16 days, but despite being promoted on social media it had “failed to raise any money whatsoever”.

The team said it had approached Monmouthshire County Council and other partners but were still unable to gather the funds needed for the event, which was expected to cost between £2,500 and £3,000.

The post added: “Caldicot Town Team have taken the decision that in the current financial crisis, it would not be a good investment of funds, and could be better spent throughout the year, such as Family Fun Day and Street Food Festivals.”

It comes as other parties around the UK are cancelled, including one due to be held at The Rotary Club in Exmouth, east Devon, which failed to sell enough tickets to pay for it.

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The market town is in Monmouthshire, south-east Wales, which is the home county of Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies.

The community however, does not come under Mr Davies’ Monmouth constituency, but is in the Labour-held Newport East area, which is also served by a Labour Senedd member and Labour-run Monmouthshire County Council.

The UK Government’s digital coronation map shows dozens of events and lunches taking place across Wales over the weekend, however notably fewer than elsewhere in the UK.

Questions have been raised on social media about one event entered on the Eden Project’s map of coronation lunches.

The “private” event in Nefyn, on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, is labelled Gwyl Clustiau Mawr, which in Welsh means Big Ears Festival.

Only one official public screening of the coronation will take place in Wales on Saturday, in Cardiff Castle, with the Coronation Concert being shown afterwards on a screen in the city’s Roald Dahl Plass.


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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
9 months ago

One coronation event taking place in Wales. That sends a clear message that we don’t want them. Still one event too many though.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
9 months ago

The Tories are pushing this coronation crap in order to try to unite the country but vitually no one is interested – certainly not here in Wales. The royal family is an institution that is going the way of the dodo. That £250m of our money could have been far better spent elsewhere. In Wales it’s going to be a washout tomorrow – hopefully the rain will wash away any last remnants of union jack bunting I’ve seen.

Gareth Westacott
Gareth Westacott
9 months ago

Good!

Frank
Frank
9 months ago

More people are enjoying the success of Wrexham and not really interested in the coronation farce. Ryan and Rob have done more for Cymru than any royal.

Last edited 9 months ago by Frank
Riki
Riki
9 months ago
Reply to  Frank

At any rate, Any Royal since the true British royals existed. Which is 600 years!

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
9 months ago

Well done Caldicot!

Frank
Frank
9 months ago

Can I humbly apologise to the people of Caldicot for always thinking they were staunch royalists in the county. Well done indeed. What we need from you now is backing for independence from our robbing and oppressing neighbours. We have suffered enough from lack of funding even though Cymru’s coal and precious metals theft contributed more to the economy than any other country in Britain. They took what they wanted and left us in depression. Thanks England.

russell
russell
9 months ago

*sniggers*

David Charles pearn
David Charles pearn
9 months ago

That tells you everything, not my king

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
9 months ago

Of course it failed! At a time when many people are struggling to pay their bills, a council asks people to donate their hard earned money to pay for their vanity-project celebration of a billionaire.

Da iawn people of Caldicot for not falling for it!

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
9 months ago

Tomorrow a massively pampered 74 year billionaire is riding in a gold coach (whilst wearing Ostrich feathers, of course, later a gold hat), all during an event costing taxpayers c£250 million, such an occurrence at any time would be crass, but to do so during this cost of Conservative crisis is wicked and utterly vile, high time for this nonsense to stop…

Gaynor Jones
Gaynor Jones
9 months ago
Reply to  Ed Jones

And remember to pledge your allegiance to a man baby wo takes his own toilet seat with him where ‘ere he roams.

Riki
Riki
9 months ago

Hahahahaha. That’s cheered me up a bit today.

Mawkernewek
9 months ago

There’s actually one listed on the official gov.uk map:

Abersock Coronation PartyStreet party on the Black Field Estate, Abersock nr Pythelly.
Open to all summer locals.

https://coronation.gov.uk/event/abersock-coronation-party/

Frank
Frank
9 months ago
Reply to  Mawkernewek

Abersock? Pythelly? Are you taking the Pyth?

JohnR
JohnR
9 months ago

Didn’t raise any money? So even the organisers wouldn’t even cough up. 😂😂😂

Vivienne Hughes-Owen
Vivienne Hughes-Owen
9 months ago

We had a wonderful day in Llandysul, West Wales. The sun was shining, people were talking and sharing stories. Local organisations had stalls to promote their activities. There were two local choirs and a band playing which provided entertainment all afternoon. A huge thank you to The Llandysul Paddlers for letting us use their marque and a well done to all the people who organised the event. A beautiful community event.

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