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Monday, 27 December, 1999, 14:42 GMT
Joneses called home again to Wales

Tom Jones Tom is one of Wales's most famous Joneses

Thousands of people from across the world with the surname Jones could be called upon to attend a special event next year.

The Wales Tourist Board and S4C, the Welsh language broadcaster, hope to gather as many Joneses together in one place as possible.

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It is part of a scheme called Homecoming 2000 to encourage people with Welsh connections to visit the country over the next 12 months.

Organisers believe they will be able to attract tens of thousands of Joneses to Wales if the project gets off the ground.

They have already earmarked places such as Cardiff's new Millennium Stadium as possible venues for the event.

Organiser Catrin Brace, of S4C International, said they were currently looking for a sponsor to provide a six-figure sum to back the scheme.

"Hopefully the event will pay for itself but we need a sponsor to provide a security blanket," she said.

She believes up to 50,000 Joneses from across the world - who would all pay to take part in the event - could be attracted to the occasion.

Homecoming 2000

Organisers even hope to lure a number of celebrities to the event, such as singer Tom Jones and Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta Jones.

It is just one of many events organised to coincide with the Homecoming 2000 campaign, which was launched at the end of last year.

A Wales Tourist Board spokeswoman said the organisation had already sent out thousands of information packs to people abroad with links to Wales to encourage them to come home.

"When we launched the campaign the aim was to bring an increase of 1% of overseas visitors to Wales, but we are quite confident more than that are coming because of the feedback we have had," she said.

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