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Newport Factoids #4 Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer of The Clash Joe Strummer of the iconic punk rock band, The Clash lived in Newport for a few years. At the time he liked to be known as John Woody Mellor after his hero, Woody Guthrie, the American Folk musician. While in Newport he had a job as a gravedigger at St Woolos Cemetery.

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Newport Factoids #3 Bake Off

Tom Hovey!, The Bake-Off Illustrator The man who makes the illustrations for the Great British Bake Off Designs lives in Newport. His Name is Tom Hovey and he has allegedly never tasted any of the cakes he has drawn! Weirdly, Tom says he doesn't care much for eating cake

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Newport Factoids #2 Victor Willis

  Victor Willis - Village Person! Victor Willis, the traffic cop in the 70s disco group The Village People lived in Newport in the late 2000s. He moved to South Wales when he married his wife, Karen, a lawyer from Newport. Willis wrote songs for the Village People and other artists too. He appeared in many musicals and plays, including the original Broadway production of The Wiz in 1976.

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The History of Newport

Newport RisingOn November 4th, 1839 the last large-scale uprising in Britain took place and it happened in Newport. Today we are going to look at the story of the Newport Risingand the people involved.In 1838 the Chartists submitted their petition to the Parliament. However, the House of Commons rejected the first Chartist petition for democracy. This lead to the Chartists planning their uprising, demanding to be heard and demanding the government listen to the charter.So, what was in the people’s […]

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Newport Factoids #1 Newport Cherub

The Newport Cherub The Newport Cherub can be seen on the cover of a Stone Roses single "Love Spreads" The song was the band's biggest selling single, reaching number 2 in the UK charts in 1994. The cute emblem is found on or by  many Newport landmarks, including Newport Bridge, Newport Market and the gates of Belle View Park.

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