The council has removed a memorial plaque dedicated to a man who swore at seagulls.
A local public bench on the grounds of Aberystwyth castle was dedicated to a man named Huw Davies.
However, after an image of the memorial plaque went viral on Twitter, the council stepped in.
Having not previously realised the plaque was there before, on Monday, 16 May, Ceredigion County Council confirmed it had been removed because of its rude message.
By some distance the best park bench memorial I’ve ever encountered. pic.twitter.com/pvr6auWSU3— James Vaughan (@EquusontheBuses) May 15, 2022
The photograph of the plaque was first shared on social media by James Vaughan.
He stumbled across the bench when on a walk with his family on Sunday, 15 May.
The bench's plaque reads: "In loving memory of Huw Davies. Used to sit here and shout, 'F**k off' at the seagulls."
"By some distance the best park bench memorial I've ever encountered," Vaughan commented.
Well I don't use any cuss words in my daily life which includes not at all using the F word ever but this sure cracked me up 😂. I love sitting on benches specially the one's in a park. Huw Davies is sure missed by many. He might've been a very lively person I think 😊☺. pic.twitter.com/1rNERvopkp— Q For Quotes (@QForQuotes222) May 16, 2022
The post has amassed over 200,000 likes, 22,000 retweets and hundreds of comments, with followers having flocked to the image in stitches over the plaque's message.
"This is the kind of legacy I hope to leave behind too," one user wrote.
Another commented: "Respect to him and his friends and relatives. That is immense! And, I bet every day someone looks at it and smiles, if not, laughs? May we all achieve that level of legendary."
Now I want to know all about Huw Davies. In my mind's eye I imagine a Father Jack like figure... pic.twitter.com/8cK4FkjA4y— Patrick Randolph-Quinney PhD 🇮🇪🇪🇺🇺🇦 (@KabwePRQ) May 15, 2022
While followers couldn't get enough of the bench, Ceredigion County Council did not see the funny side.
Until the bench gained such media attention, it noted it hadn't realised the plaque was even there.
A spokesperson told Wales Online: "An unauthorised plaque had been placed, by an unknown person, on an existing bench within Aberystwyth Castle grounds. The plaque has been removed."
This is actually the best dedication I have ever seen on a bench. I will update this reply if I ever see better.— Shropslass (@Shropslass1) May 15, 2022
While Huw's plaque is no more, other Twitter users took to the post to share their own findings of other similarly rude or amusing bench memorial plaques.
One read: "In memory of Roger Bucklesby. Who hated this park and everyone in it."
"This park bench is dedicated to the memory of Gerry Brownlee who hates Christchurch and everyone in it," another similarly echoed.
"In memory of Fene Lauener (1916-1993) Who liked to sit down," a third stated.
A final joked: "Dedicated to Hayden Kays. Forever missed by his friends and family. He's not dead yet. He's just become increasingly anti-social."
Sad that Huw felt like that, I havenothing but #SeagullLove and always admire their antics and incredible flying prowess, a delight to watch, here's our daily visitor we feed, Cedric pic.twitter.com/k8n9hy5pet— Neil Crookes 💙🇺🇦💛 (@Crooksey66) May 16, 2022
The council ultimately didn't approve of Huw's rude language, however, who can really blame the bloke when you have shoplifting seagulls like Steven around?
Or seagulls such as Cedric terrorising pets in the Isle of Wight?
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