15 September 2010>
Grenfell Jones - or Gren as he is better know to his legions of fans - was a Welsh institution whose popular cartoons of valleys folk entertained the nation for almost 40 years.
Caerphilly county borough council is keen to commemorate Gren's life and work by creating a unique 'Gren Way' walking route in and around Hengoed – the village of his birth.
The route will cross the imposing viaduct that spans the valley between Hengoed and Maesycwmmer and it is hoped that a series of artwork pieces reflecting Gren's many hilarious characters can be developed along the walk too.
A special 'Green Plaque' will also be erected commemorating Gren's birthplace at his former home at nearby Brynavon Terrace.
The leader of council, Cllr Lindsay Whittle said, "Gren's popular characters hold a special place in the nation's heart – especially in the traditional valleys communities that are reflected in so many of his cartoon strips. We thought it would be a fitting tribute to develop this walk through the landscape that inspired some of his most famous creations."
A special launch event will take place at 11.00am this Friday (17th September) at Hengoed Community Centre. Life size 'mock ups' of various Gren characters will be strategically located across the viaduct to show guests how the final artwork pieces could look. Local businesses and individuals can now get the chance to 'sponsor' a character and contribute towards the cost of each artwork installation.
For more information please contact Sarena Jones on 01443 863218.
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