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Have you spotted the Doves of Hope in and around Abergavenny?

Rainbows have been adopted as a symbol of support for those wanting to show solidarity for the NHS workers who have been working tirelessly in the fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic. They have also been a welcome burst of bright colour in the darkest time. Doves, however, are an image of hope and the hope that things will start to get better and get back to some kind of ‘new’ normal.

Paper Doves representing Hope are now all over Abergavenny and hopefully across the rest of Wales and the UK as the idea gains momentum.

Simon Meredith lives in Abergavenny and works as a Maths teacher in Caerleon Comprehensive in Newport. He first had the idea about Doves of Hope when he was on one of his early morning exercise walks. He walked past St Mary’s Priory church and thought that it seemed a dark empty place. So, embracing his inner Banksy, he hooked 6 cardboard doves (which he drew and made) onto their gates.

The people of the town responded well and now there are doves on all the churches in Abergavenny and have started to appear in shops and people’s windows.

Simon has created a twitter account @dovesofh and www.facebook.com/thedovesofhope – So if anyone sees a dove around the town please share a picture of it on the Facebook Page.

It would be great if we could get this symbol of hope in as many windows as we can in the town, so why not get involved? Cable News have Doves available to collect if you’re not inclined to make your own.

Simon Meredith

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