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David Bowie’s links with Maesteg!

On Friday February 16th, Paul Roberts, former frontman of THE STRANGLERS brings his new show “Let’s Dance” in honour of David Bowie, (with songs from 12 of Bowie’s Classic Albums!) to Maesteg Town Hall. But did you know that the connections between Bowie and Wales go back further?

WalesOnline claimed that “just like Kylie Minogue, rock superstar David Bowie can trace his family roots back to Maesteg.”
And Britain’s greatest rock star has even visited the valley! Here’s an account from one local fan lucky enough to meet him at the Old House, Llangynwyd.

‘David Bowie is having lunch in the Old House.’ Not something you hear every day.   A friend rung me with the news.  Her exact words were ‘there is some Zowie Bowie pop singer up the old’. Finding it hard to believe, I grabbed my camera and drove, at speed up to Llangynwyd.  Walking into the bar I was directed out onto the patio and unbelievably there was my hero sitting there with a lady in deep conversation. I settled down at an adjacent table in glorious sunshine.

I thought a random interruption wouldn’t work if I were going to speak to him. Following food, he got up to go the bar. Gosh he was skinny – he defiantly could have done with eating more of his chips –   he had on green trousers and a burnt orange jacket draped over his shoulders over a white shirt. Seizing my chance while he was away I asked the lady he was with if it would be ok, now that food was finished, to speak with him. Upon his return she asked him and pointed to me.  He said hello and I tried to ingratiate myself by congratulating him on his recent marriage to Iman, fortunately I had seen the pictures in the Hello magazine at the hairdressers so I could further comment on how beautiful she looked. He said he was the luckiest man in the world and he couldn’t be happier. His eyes shone at this and I had the chance to look at them and yes, they really are two different colours.  I asked him why he was in Maesteg and added was it to see his number 1 fan, – “me?” He replied with a twinkle in his eye that that of course was the reason but did not expand on the real explanation. In that brief moment I could see he was a really warm, freiendly man.

Tickets to “LET’S DANCE: Paul Roberts sings David Bowie” are £20.50, available from & Maesteg Library: 01656 815995