There has been a long history of Italian families who came to Wales from the Apennine region of northern Italy, especially from the hilltop town of Bardi. They were economic migrants escaping rural poverty in Italy and bringing Mediterranean colours and enterprise to the rainy south Wales valleys. All our communities had their own Italian families who made themselves a part of our way of life – the Berni Brothers from Merthyr Tydfil for example touched all of us when they founded the legendary Berni Inn restaurant chain. But in 1940 we betrayed them and tore the heart from a community that has still not forgotten their innocent men who died at sea on The Arandora Star.
Stories In Stone – This story continues on page 9 of our magazine.