Mid Wales

Newtown locals vote to keep the Black Boy pub name

The Black Boy public house in Newtown
Image caption Around 250 people cast their vote and more than two-thirds opted to keep the original name

Newspaper readers have voted to keep the name of a Newtown pub after locals reacted angrily to a move to rename it.

Pub chain J D Wetherspoon had proposed changing the name of the Black Boy Hotel to the Llywelyn ap Gruffydd.

But this caused an outcry so the pub company decided to put it to a vote through the town's newspaper, the County Times.

Around 250 people cast their vote and more than two-thirds opted to keep the original name.

J D Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "Although the Black Boy was not our preferred name, we agreed that local people should decide on the name for the pub in Newtown.

"The Black Boy is a historic name in the town and as it was by far the most popular name it is only correct that we choose that name for our pub."

The company bought the 17th Century Grade II-listed pub last December and is carrying out a £1.5m refurbishment before reopening it in May.

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