Welsh welcome leaves bank customers mystified

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By The Bristol Post | Thursday, November 08, 2012, 05:00

A BRANCH of NatWest in North Street, Southville, has put up a new welcome sign – in Welsh.

The sign caused confusion among customers, who spotted it next to the front door, which included the Welsh word for welcome – "croeso".

Customer Julie Thomas, 51, who lives in Ashton Gate, told The Post: "It's quite strange that the sign is in Welsh as well as English.

"If it was in Punjabi or Hindi you could understand it more – it's not like we're in Cardiff.

"I've never seen any Welsh signs in any other shops along North Street and don't think there's that many Welsh people living here, it's bizarre."

Wendy Box, 57, from Knowle, who manages the nearby Cats Protection charity shop, said: "The sign is unusual.

"If it's in Welsh why isn't it in any other languages as well?

"I suppose if there are lots of Welsh people here and it is needed then it's a good thing.

"But I've been working here for 13 years and haven't come across many Welsh people shopping here."

Other shoppers were more positive about the sign.

Grace James, who lives in Ashton, said: "It's great – I think it's a good idea to embrace other languages.

"It's not doing any harm and if it means more people can understand it then I'm all for it.

"Bristol is a city of many different nationalities and we should be welcoming people."

Angus Macleod, 86, from Ashton, said: "I don't see any harm in the sign being in Welsh as well as English.

"I know a lot of people here who speak Spanish and would love to see some more multi-lingual signs."

Another nearby NatWest branch, in Bedminster Parade, does not have a bilingual sign.

A NatWest spokesman thanked The Post for alerting the company to the sign.

He said: "From what we know the sign outside this branch has been put there by mistake."



  • Profile image for harveyfe

    To be fair to customer Julie Thomas, 51, she was probably merely answering a reporter's questions rather than actively initiating complaints.

    By harveyfe at 19:03 on 11/11/12

  • Profile image for Black_sheep

    Putting up a Welsh sign by mistake? Bloody hell, what crazy times we live in! I'm so glad someone noticed this and reported it to the Post. I dread to think what would have happened if it had been left there any longer!! All those confused Bristolians not understanding what NatWest were trying to say to them as they entered the bank?! Doesn't bare thinking about....phew

    By Black_sheep at 15:34 on 08/11/12

  • Profile image for bristolreded

    Welsh is a British language, an ancestor of the Welsh language was spoken in the Bristol area long before English came a long so it has every right to be in Bristol.

    By bristolreded at 14:54 on 08/11/12

  • Profile image for katachua

    It's perfectly clear that NatWest thinks Bristol is in Wales. You can easily tell we're not - there's no top-class sports stadium, opera house, music venue, swimming pool, ice rink, and all the rest that Cardiff has and we don't.

    By katachua at 14:45 on 08/11/12

  • Profile image for whammmy

    Pointless,thanks to the wonderful Immigration policy half the people in the UK struggle with understanding English, let alone Welsh.

    By whammmy at 13:51 on 08/11/12

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