Plans to transform the historic Llantrisant Guildhall into a state of the art visitors’ centre will go ahead thanks to a £1.1million fundraising effort by Freemen of the town.

Strangely enough, it takes a Frenchman to tell the Welsh how wonderful their heritage and culture is.

When young British designer Thom Botwood opens up his new business in Llantrisant next week, it will be a case of history repeating itself.