DJ Chris Evans misses out on model dinosaur


A 30ft (9m) model dinosaur which broadcaster Chris Evans had hoped to claim for his garden will be given a new home at a school.

The brontosaurus is being given away by the National Showcaves Centre for Wales and replaced with a new model.

The upper Swansea valley showcaves chose Ysgol Santes Tudful in Merthyr Tydfil after thousands of inquiries.

BBC Radio Two presenter Evans had told his millions of listeners about how he wanted "Bronty" for his garden.

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Thousands of inquiries were made about Bronty the dinosaur

But the showcaves centre was keen for the dinosaur to be put to good use in the community.

Evans joked with Ysgol Santes Tudful headteacher Dewi Hughes live on his breakfast programme on Wednesday saying: "All I can say through gritted teeth is 'congratulations'."

Mr Hughes said: "Dan yr Ogof showcaves wanted a good home for Bronty and obviously, because Bronty is bilingual and Welsh-speaking and we're a Welsh-speaking primary school, Dan yr Ogof thought why not send him to Merthyr."

Evans, who does not speak Welsh, responded: "So you had the edge on me there?"

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Evans says a local school is favourite to secure the dinosaur

The broadcaster went on to ask about how the school would make use of the dinosaur.

Mr Hughes said: "We've got a brand new school and at the moment we're developing the land and there's a lovely nature area that we want to develop.

"What better than to walk under Bronty the dinosaur into this new nature area."

Evans said: "This is a cool school. You've really got one up on all the schools around you now."

The school's parent teacher association had stepped in to help with the bid for Bronty.

A three-page email was sent to the showcaves outling why it would provide a suitable home, and a local company has been lined up to transport Bronty.

Planning permission

Showcaves chairman Ashford Price said: "The response we have had has been absolutely fantastic, and I want to thank everyone who has contacted us to offer Bronty a new home.

"Compiling the shortlist was tremendously difficult, as the cases put forward by everyone were very strong.

"I am sure that Ysgol Santes Tudful will be the perfect home for Bronty."

Evans had talked about housing the dinosaur in his garden but had admitted there were many other deserving applicants.

He had also been warned that he would probably have needed planning permission for Bronty.

Ysgol Santes Tudful was chosen from a shortlist of five schools and charity groups.

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