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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 14:21 GMT
Warm welcome awaits royal couple
Nick Parry
BBC Wales News Online

Myddfai
The new royal residence is about a mile from the hamlet of Myddfai
Upholstery classes in the village hall on Wednesdays, whist drives on Fridays or helping out at the Myddai Christmas Fair.

Residents of the hamlet that borders Prince Charles' new Carmarthenshire estate say he and Camilla will be more than welcome to join in village life.

If they fancy a pint they will have to travel as the only pub recently closed.

But there are hopes that if the couple attract more visitors to the area it may make it profitable to reopen again.

Rumours that they were to get high profile new neighbours have apparently been circulating among residents for some time.

But it was only when the news broke on Wednesday morning that the royal couple were buying the Llwynywormwood estate, that the speculation was finally confirmed as fact.

Father Roy Doxsey
We think we are a bit like Brigadoon because we are hidden away
Father Roy Doxsey

Tim Collins, who was out walking his dog, said it seemed to have gone done well with the locals.

"I think it's great - good luck to the man," he said.

"It's a very quiet village - most people are elderly and retired. The pub closed down recently and there are no shops. The nearest place is Llandovery."

Within the Brecon Beacons National Park, local vicar Father Roy Doxsey believes the scenery must have played a part in attracting them to the area.

"It's beautiful place to live, one of the best in the whole of Britain," he said.

"We think we are a bit like Brigadoon because we are hidden away."

He said he was not completely taken aback by the news.

Llwynywormwood estate
The 192-acre-esate looks out over the Brecon Beacons National Park

"I heard a rumour about it a little while ago - in a village like this you do get to hear these things. You can't hide anything in Myddai."

And he added that he thought the story of the Physicians of Myddai may have also appealed to the prince.

Myddai was reportedly the centre of a network of legendary Welsh physicians who, between the 14th and 19th Centuries, were renowned across Europe for their knowledge of herbal plants

"We are already famous for the physicians," said Father Doxsey.

"There are, according to David Bellamy who came here a little while back, more herbs in this area than most parts of Britain - which is how it developed.

"We know Prince Charles has interest in herbal medicine so perhaps that's what has brought him here."

Father Doxsey said otherwise the parish was much like any other rural community in Wales.

"We are trying to develop the village hall and get things going there. It's just normal village with a really good community.

"We do miss the local pub. Maybe this will get it to open again which would be a good thing."




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