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2017 The Year of Legends

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

 

 

In our latest guest blog, we've asked Andrew Dugmore of Pembrokeshire Paths to share his thoughts on the launch of the Visit Wales Year of Legends.

Another year dawns and a fresh opportunity to share what is unique and special about our great country of Wales.  We are only a small nation but within our confines we have a unique and engaging story to tell.  Our people and stories of our people go deep back into the hidden memories of past times.  We have communities that still hold onto the treasures of our past, we are a nation of great storytellers, of bards who have received the stories from their ancestors and ancestors of ancestors.  And these great stories are still shared and told and still passed down from generation to generation.

As the world is continually dreaming up and investing their energies in future technological advances maybe it’s a time to take a backward reflection.  As it seems that science and big business holds the key to anything of worth, let’s think again, perhaps there’s more to the world than headline advances let us believe.  Maybe there is a great mystery at work, maybe things are not at all as they may look. 

This is the work of the great storytellers and bards, the work of uncovering the questions, the search, the quest, and the mysteries, the unexplained. Within Wales we have a rich treasure of stories, myths and legends.  We have our outstanding work of gifted literature in the great work of The Mabinogion, we have hidden connections with legendary stones and holy wells.  There are tales of legendary people of our past, of pirates, kings, warriors and Celtic Saints and we have an incredible tapestry of folklore, of tales of fairies, witches and wizards.

As the Visit Wales year of legend begins, it brings with it a great platform for the people of Wales to stand up and to tell and share the great legendary stories of Wales and it’s people. We are an ancient nation with very special stories to share with the world.  Let’s do it, let’s tell the world about our treasure trove of mysteries.  Let’s get the world intrigued and let’s get them to ask the question  “who are these people of Wales?”.

Andrew Dugmore

www.pembrokeshirepaths.co.uk

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