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Vicar's cottage plea to Zep fans

Vicar's cottage plea to Zep fans
Photo courtesy of Betty Frascati
A vicar has asked Led Zeppelin fans to stop visiting his remote rural Welsh cottage made famous by the rock icons.

Bron-yr-Aur in Gwynedd's Dyfi Valley was used by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page to write their third album in 1970, and one track is named after it.

The Reverend John Dale, its owner for 35 years, says many fans have been to see it, and some have even broken in.

But now, after the band played a reunion concert at London's O2 Arena, he is appealing to be left alone.

"We've had more than one break-in and once a photograph was taken near the fireplace and posted on the web," said Mr Dale, vicar of St Michael's Church in Michaelston-y-Fedw, between Cardiff and Newport.

"There have been other incidents too, with one quite amusing one where someone removed a piece of cement stuff from the house but later posted it back to us."

Three house name signs have also gone missing, although Mr Dale hopes the current one will be left alone.

"We've resorted to painting the house name on a ruddy great boulder which I've concreted into the ground."

The vicar is not a Zeppelin fan and did not realise the connection when he first bought the property. He was later told "some pop musicians" had stayed there.

But over the years fans from all over the world, including Italy, Japan, China and the United States, have trekked up the hill to see the property.

"On the whole people are fine: they walk up and take a photo and go, but I don't want hundreds coming up here," said Mr Dale.

According to him, there is also a misconception about the links between the house and band.

Singer Robert Plant never owned the property, although he does have a property elsewhere in mid Wales, and Led Zeppelin only visited once.

Mr Dale has had to improve security because of the visiting fans.

"I'm preparing for retirement now and will live there permanently so I am there a lot more often, and we've also had builders working there.

"It is a beautiful place, but people must remember that it is a private house surrounded by private farmland, although there is a footpath at the top of the field behind the house."

His appeal comes as the band reunite onstage on Monday for the first time in 19 years for a tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, the founding chairman of Atlantic Records.

Plant, Page and John Paul Jones are being joined by Jason Bonham, son of original drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980.

More than one million people took part in a ballot for just 9,000 pairs of tickets for the show.

From: NEWS.BBC.CO.UK
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