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Dennis the Menace was everywhere during rugby club visit

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

Settling down in the Union Hotel are nine 'Dennis the Menaces' from Pencoed.

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GNASHER couldn't be seen but there were no fewer than nine Dennis the Menaces enjoying a pint in Penzance's Union Hotel last Friday.

They were all members of Pencoed RFC's Nutters' Club, on a biennial visit to Penzance, which coincides with the Ireland v Wales rugby fixture dressing up in fancy dress is a regular Friday tradition of the weekend visit.

Terry Rees, secretary of the nutters' club and chairman of the rugby club, said: "We like to dress up for a couple of hours on the Friday evening when we come down.

"This year it was a choice between Dennis, Rupert the Bear or a Cornish fisherman and we chose Dennis the Menace because the cost of the costume did less damage to our kitty.

"Although Wales didn't turn up for the game in Dublin, we had a brilliant time in Penzance. We stayed at the Union and made the Admiral Benbow a bit of a drinking base and both places looked after us very well."

The links between Penzance and Pencoed, a town halfway between Cardiff and Swansea, go back several decades when, for a number of years, there were regular rugby fixtures between Pencoed and the Pirates' youth sections.

Nowadays, apart from visits from the nutters' club, the Pencoed-Penzance link is maintained through Gavin Cattle, club captain of the Cornish Pirates who was a former youth player for Pencoed. Terry added: "We are very proud of Gavin and the fact that he captains the Pirates."

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