Welsh welcome leaves bank customers mystified
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."