English only Santa quits Welsh grotto...

English only Santa quits Welsh grotto after parents complain he cannot speak the language

There are 8 comments on the Daily Mail story from Nov 28, 2012, titled English only Santa quits Welsh grotto after parents complain he cannot speak the language. In it, Daily Mail reports that:

Revolt to oust him: Richard Burnell stepped aside as Father Christmas after residents complained that he could not speak Welsh With his authentic bushy beard and red suit, Richard Burnell appeared the obvious choice to inhabit the Christmas grotto at his local museum.

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Marion walters

Ammanford, UK

#1 Nov 29, 2012
They implied on Sky this morning that it was unreasonable for the parents to complain. May I just point out that most children who visit Santa are somewhere between 2 years and 5 years of age. MANY children in Wales have Welsh as their first language, and often are not introduced to English until they go to school. What would be the point of taking them to visit a Santa who does not speak their language? I would say that this is one job where the ability to speak welsh is essential!!!
I would like to know how the news reviewer - who said that his mother was Welsh - would feel if he took his little toddler to visit Santa if that Santa was unable to communicate with the child in the child's own language? This is Wales, and we want to keep our ancient language alive!
I am NOT a Welsh Nationalist, and I voted against devolution, so I am NOT a hot headed Nationalist - just a reasonable Welsh countrywoman.
P.S. I have MANY friends who only speak English, and do not judge people on the language they speak!
i hate christmas

Rochester, UK

#2 Nov 29, 2012
Christmas: A stupid, outdated ritual created by elitist black wizards intent on hypnotising idiots and stupid mums into emptying their lifesavings on stupid presents for their stupid relatives.


He is also probably a jimmy savile clone in disguise so why you would want your brats around that fat kraut is beyond a joke. Get a grip you stupid woman.

“Cadw Prydain Paganaidd”

Since: Nov 12

Wherever I lay my hat....

#4 Nov 29, 2012

Since: Oct 12

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#5 Dec 7, 2012
Its totally unbelievable, I can't believe this that a person can't speak English.

Norwich, UK

#6 Dec 7, 2012
oh well its a shame but the chap stepped aside so you can get your own father xmass
Hes welcome in England But i thought father xmass only spoke english?
I Read DAily MaIL

Sheffield, UK

#7 Dec 7, 2012
I rememebr when you could buy GOLLIWOSG and Call a QUEER a QUEER
etc etc etc
alison devereux jones


#8 Dec 7, 2012
get in the real world most of the welsh speaking people are in west wales tucked away in their own little stupid world im from the valleys and my father christmas is british allways will be so put that in your welsh lesson

Since: Aug 11

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#9 Dec 7, 2012
Bloody Welsh, learn to speak the language. The most spoken language in the world. We invented it.

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