10 Years Ago
The Guardian newspaper featured Ruthin, describing it as “a small, magical place not on the way to
anywhere. Ruthin feels a bit like a lost world. It requires seeking out. Thank goodness it’s worth it.
Imagine traipsing and tramping, only to arrive at Pinner or Slough”.
The author goes on, “Weirdest of all, this all-alone town has lately attracted those totems of the 21st
century, a lauded restaurant, a boutique hotel and, in the National Craft Centre, the architectural
avant garde. A very, very odd mix. I like it.”
Then, though, there is the case against. “Magical or not, it’s a very small town, with all the
parochialism that entails”
Perhaps the Guardian was referring to the ill-feeling in June 2010 between Ysgol Brynhyfryd and its
sixth-formers, who were no longer allowed to drive onto and park within school premises. Or the
ensuing argument between school and residents of Bryn Eryl who complained that sixth formers
were now forced to park inconsiderately in a residential area. The eventual solution, of course, was
a modification to the school site to accommodate sixth-form drivers but that wasn’t instant. Till then,
there remained some bitterness among Years 12 and 13—who are now 27.
Nevertheless, the Guardian concluded, “Thankfully, the countryside is so mesmerising round here
that even a drive to the council tip would be captivating.” Now that in 2020 the site is open again,
we can all now check the veracity of that claim.