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This newspaper clipping from an unknown source notes two humorous nicknames given to famous British people in Wales as recounted by George Thomas, the Viscount Tonypandy (1909–1997). David Jones, a miner leader, was known as Dai Bomb in reference to his bombastic speeches. Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, who as Home Secretary paid numerous visits to Wales, was nicknamed Dai Bananas in reference to Fyffes, a well-known importer of tropical fruit.

The small and relatively short-lived Tonypandy Hebrew Congregation was established in the 1890s and disappeared in the 1930s. The congregation was never big enough to warrant a purpose-built synagogue and it worshipped instead at rented houses in several different locations. At its heyday in the 1920s, the congregation had around 180 members.

Sources:
'The History of the Jewish Diaspora in Wales' by Cai Parry-Jones (http://e.bangor.ac.uk/4987);
JCR-UK/JewishGen (https://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/community/val2_tonypandy/index.htm).

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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