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Pub lifts ban on poet Dylan
Dylan Thomas was a regular visitor to Llangrannog
A pub which Dylan Thomas was thrown out for helping himself to beer has finally lifted his ban by staging an exhibition in his honour.

The Pentre Arms in Llangrannog, Ceredigion is celebrating the life and work of its most famous visitor to mark the 50th anniversary of his death later this year.

The exhibition, which opened on Friday, includes pieces by a number of artists including Aneurin Jones, Mary Lloyd Jones, Diana Heakes and Stan Williams.

It is timed to coincide with the Dylan Thomas Remembered Festival which will take place at different venues throughout Ceredigion from 5 to 11 September.

Unfortunately they then decided to help themselves to drink from behind the bar and the landlord, Tom Jones physically removed them from the tavern
Bronwen Raine

The Pentre Arms is the site of one of Thomas' legendary drinking escapades, according to festival organiser, Bronwen Raine.

"Dylan often visited a family of poets at Cilie farm near Llangrannog and also the Pentre Arms," said Ms Raine.


"One day Dylan went to the pub with World War 1 flying ace Ira Jones, and had a pleasant afternoon's drinking.

"Unfortunately, they then decided to help themselves to drink from behind the bar and the landlord, Tom Jones, physically removed them from the tavern.

"Apparently Ira Jones shouted 'Do you know who we are?' to the landlord who replied 'I don't care' before banning them."

Dylan Thomas
The poet went drinking in the pub with a World War 1 flying ace

More than 50 years later, The Pentre Arms marks the end point of Ceredigion's Dylan Thomas Trail which was opened by the poet's daughter Aeronwy in July.

"We thought it would be a great idea to have an exhibition of work themed on Dylan Thomas and his work at the pub," said Ms Raine.

"There are textile pieces using quotations from Dylan's work as well as landscapes and seascapes of the area."

The exhibition will be open every day between 1000 and 1800 BST until 11 September.

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