A CHEEKY Welshman thought he’d had the last laugh when he painted a London pub sign with the words: “All English are a**eholes!”
And for a while, it looked like he’d got away with penning ‘Twll din pob sais’ on the front of The Feathers in Westminster.
But he was finally rumbled during a visit by a Welsh-speaking member of the historic pub’s management team, who broke it to the landlord that an insult to his English customers stood in place of the traditional Prince of Wales motto ‘Ich dien’ or ‘I serve’.
So last week, the joke was well and truly over when red-faced bosses ordered a rapid repainting of the royal emblem – and apologised for the embarrassing prank.
A spokesman for pub giant Mitchell & Butlers, which owns The Feathers, explained: “It does seem that a sign was put up there which did have an offensive comment on it without being noticed. We apologise to anyone it could have offended.
“It was a complete mistake. We took it up with the signwriting company as soon as we found out. We’re proud of the pub, its name, its age and its feathers so we’re investigating what happened here.
“It was actually spotted by someone in our marketing company visiting the pub on other business who spoke Welsh – which turned out to be very useful.”
Tangent Signs, the firm contracted by Marshall & Butlers to carry signage work on its 2,000 pubs UK-wide, was not available for comment this weekend.
But one drinker at the pub said: “You don’t get many people around here who speak Welsh, so fair play, it’s a wonder he didn’t get away with it for much longer.
“It’s a bit of a laugh. I just wish I’d seen the bosses’ faces when they found out they’d spent all that cash to have that written outside.
“I don’t think anybody here’s got anything against the Welsh. I like a bit of Tom Jones.”
The sign was painted over last week.
Two years ago, Conservative leader David Cameron told Wales on Sunday ‘Twll din pob sais’ was the only line of Welsh he’d ever been taught – his maternal gran comes from North Wales.
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