24 February 2016
Looking through the headlines this morning, one particular story caught my eye.
It’s not often you see St Athan in the news. An historic village in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, St Athan is set to be the base for the manufacture of the new Aston Martin concept car.
It’s a real coup for the village, known for its links with the MoD and a proud industrial history, having beaten 20 other locations from across the globe – including both America and the Middle East – to the contract.
The move will see a further 750 jobs brought to the area, which recently saw further expansion of the aerospace sector and development of the St Athan Enterprise Zone.
Quite an impressive feat for a sleepy, historic village in South Wales.
It’s a huge achievement for a place close to my heart.
I have long championed a resurrection of the UK’s proud car manufacturing history and I couldn’t be prouder to see signs of a revival, especially in Wales. I’m incredibly proud of my Welsh heritage!
I look forward to seeing the village flourish, and to seeing the new Aston Martin DBX concept car, which I am certain will be much improved with the addition of a little Welsh charm.