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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Entertainer Shea vows to keep on singing Delilah despite rugby ban

* Shea belting out Delilah for a local audience a couple of years ago.

A young entertainer with strong links to Llangollen says he's determined to go on singing the Sir Tom Jones hit Delilah despite its ban by the Welsh Rugby Union.

The sport’s ruling body has ordered the 1968 blockbuster to be removed from its Principality Stadium choirs’ song list on the eve of the 2023 Six Nations.

The song about a jealous lover stabbing his unfaithful paramour has been lustily sung by Welsh fans and become something of an alternative sporting anthem.

But with the WRU facing allegations of a “toxic” culture and misogyny the governing body has responded to claims that it promotes violence against women by banning it.

The song includes the lyric: “She stood there laughing/I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more.”

But  20-year-old Shea Ferron, who has been entertaining crowds with his solo performances since he was a tot and raised thousands of pounds for charity, has vowed to keep on belting out Delilah for his own fans.

Shea made history as the youngest councillor in the history of Llangollen Town Council is currently on BA (Hons) Performing Arts course at the ICTheatre College in Manchester.

He  said: “I do think it’s a bit over the top to have banned it.

“At the end of the day, it’s possibly one of Tom Jones’s most iconic songs that on match day is sung all around the stadium.

“It’s a song that I always have in my concert set list, a song that everyone loves and sings.

“Yes there may be a violent twist in the song but I feel it’s an iconic Welsh hit, that creates a huge atmosphere on match day in Cardiff, both in the stadium and in the pubs!

“Next time I’m front of an audience I plan to sing it for them.”   

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