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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April, 2004, 05:53 GMT 06:53 UK
Bus shelter's 'secret' makeover
Ceitho Jenkins
Local decorator Ceitho Jenkins is impressed with the paintwork
People in the tiny mid Wales village of Llangeitho were baffled to say the least.

The day before the local a bus shelter was the same old drab, concrete shelter from the rain - nothing more than a shabby refuge for villagers waiting for the infrequent bus service to nearby Tregaron and Aberystwyth.

Then, in a storyline worthy of a magical fairytale, the bus stop underwent a startling transformation. Overnight it had been painted in a delicate pink. A table had been assembled and decorated with a vase of freshly cut flowers.

The once grubby floor had been carpeted with a set of shelves teeming with books and magazines completing the interior. Who on earth, villagers wondered, was responsible for the covert makeover?

After extensive investigations Llangeitho Community Council have now found out that the work has been done by a secret group of young artists who want to remain anonymous.

Villagers believe it is the work of the Secret Society of Active Artists in Wales (SAW), whose members plan to take up one project a month.

Mattie Williams believes the group have decorated the shelter simply for the benefit of the village.

"It's a big secret and the artists don't want any publicity - they've done it for the sheer enjoyment it will bring to local people," said Ms Williams.

The thermometer gives the shelter a homely feeling

Painter and decorator Ceitho Jenkins, who has been in the business for 50 years, thinks the artists have done a great DIY job.

"It looks fantastic and it's good to see it done up like this - I've never seen a decorated bus shelter before," he said.

Elwyn James, one of the owners of bus company James Brothers, thinks the new-look shelter will encourage travellers.

"It's a nice change from seeing vandalised and neglected shelters and it might entice people to come and wait for the bus," said Mr James.

And anyone who does miss on Friday will have plenty of time to appreciate those books and magazines - the next service to Aberystwyth is not until Tuesday morning.

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