SIGN PEAKS AT SALE

Moun­tain sum­mit marker snapped up at auc­tion af­ter flurry of bids

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - CAITLIN O’SUL­LI­VAN Re­porter caitlin.osul­li­van@waleson­line.co.uk

THE Pen y Fan sign has sold for more than four times its es­ti­mated price. Wel­com­ing around 350,000 peo­ple to the sum­mit each year, the iconic sign was auc­tioned yes­ter­day to raise money for main­te­nance of the moun­tain.

The alu­minium sign has marked the 886m tip of the moun­tain since the early-2000s. But weather has taken its toll and rangers have in­stalled a new ver­sion.

The pro­ceeds from the sale will raise funds for the Bre­con Bea­cons ap­peal.

Hun­dreds of walk­ers queued at the top of Pen y Fan to take a fi­nal selfie with the sign be­fore it was re­moved.

It meant Na­tional Trust rangers took al­most three hours to swap the old sign, in what should have been only a three-minute job.

In the height of sum­mer, the selfie queue can snake a long way back down the moun­tain.

How­ever the sign has now been sold to an anony­mous buyer for £2,100, more than four times the £500 it was es­ti­mated to sell for.

Auc­tion­eer Ben Rogers Jones said: “There was a huge amount of in­ter­est from peo­ple all over the coun­try, we still have bids com­ing in even though the item has sold.

“It was a very pres­ti­gious sale, and it had the most in­ter­est, more than any other item we sold on the day.

“The gen­tle­man who bought it wished to re­main anony­mous, but he did say that he was from Cardiff, and that the sign was some­thing that meant a lot to him.”

Rob Reith, lead ranger for the Bre­con Bea­cons Na­tional Trust, said: “We couldn’t have com­pleted this year’s work with­out the fund­ing and ef­forts of our rangers and vol­un­teers, who have been able to help to cre­ate a sta­ble foot­path on the Pont ar Daf route so peo­ple can con­tinue to en­joy walk­ing this iconic land­scape.

“It’s been great to have so much sup­port and to be able to watch the land slowly re­cover, but there’s still a way to go with 400m of this path left to re­pair this year and many more routes to work on across the cen­tral Bea­cons.

“These re­pairs are ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial, to re­duce ero­sion, pro­tect the spe­cial land­scape and en­sure paths are fit for pur­pose for the hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple that come to Pen y Fan ev­ery year.”

DIM­ITRIS LE­GAKIS

Imo­gen Ash­well Lewis in a pro­to­type four wheeled moun­tain bike. Sol­diers from the Bat­tle School in Bre­con as well as friends and col­leagues of the or­gan­is­ers helped to pull the bike to Pen y Fan in a walk spon­sored by Spec­savers Wales for char­ity Cere­bra Here are just some of the many peo­ple who have had their photo taken with the sign af­ter reach­ing the sum­mit.

Port Tal­bot fire­fighter Craig Hedges and his wife Leanne aimed to con­quer the sum­mit of Pen y Fan 10 times in 24 hours for char­ity. Their son Luke was di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukaemia

Se­nior mem­bers of Aber­tillery Youth Drama and Mu­sic So­ci­ety walked up Pen y Fan to raise money for a pro­duc­tion

Miss Wales fi­nal­ist Dione Rose of Fern­dale was rais­ing money for chil­dren’s char­ity Beauty With A Pur­pose

Jus­tine Swain­son at the sum­mit as part of her 50 Shades­of­brave Blog

Laura James, right, with friend Rachel Trow, fundrais­ing for Blood­wise Leukaemia and Lym­phoma Re­search

A walk up Pen y Fan raised money for Rhi­anna’s Swing, a project or­gan­ised by peo­ple in Swansea to build a swing to be used by dis­abled chil­dren in Gnoll Park in Neath in me­mory of nine-year-old Rhi­anna Chellew

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