Living in Abertillery
Written by Anonymous Visitor and posted in Gwent, United Kingdom, Wales

Where to begin? A poor rundown former hive of industry which through no fault of its own is now a shuffling wreck of a place. BUT…remember folks that chav does not = poor, chav = scumbag. The place is teeming with spotty drugged-up teenagers whose idea of a good time is a litre of White Lightning up the multi-storey or snorting UHU round the back of the Snooker Club. Where are their parents? Down the pub, that`s where. And there`s plenty of them to choose from. Don’t expect a log fire and chicken in a basket though. Cheap beer in abundance with warm Pepsi for the alcoholics (ice is for poofs) and the chance to get your leg over with a local lovely for the price of a kebab. Women drink halves cos they’re ladies, but they drink twice as many to keep up with the lads.

Shopping opportunities are plentiful with the usual array of Gucci and Armani outlets. Only joking! It’s Poundland and Greggs all the way with a tattoo parlour round the corner and two bookies. Just what the poverty-stricken need. Two f*****g betting shops! Thursday is market day with lots of stalls to choose from. The veg stall, the cheap card stall, the out-of-date Cadbury’s chocolate and mis-shapes stall and, er, that’s about it. We do however have three opticians – which is a bit posh, I’ll grant you – and a travel agency, but the only holiday deals you’ll see in the window involve flights to Magaluf and Tenerife. Sri Lanka are just words on the side of a Kwik Save packet of tea bags. Want to dine out? We have about a dozen high quality eating experiences, but you’d better like kebabs and fried rice and these can be enjoyed al fresco. Don’t worry about careful disposal of your litter. Just throw it down and the nice council will pick it up three weeks later.

A few tips for the locals…1) Ladies – remember that Peacocks does not just sell ski pants. Bear in mind too that the bigger the belly the tighter the t-shirt is not good fashion sense. 2) Girls – if he loved you he wouldn’t ask you to. A bottle of cider and ten Bensons does not constitute a token of love. A baby is not an accessory. They are very hard work until they reach 5 years of age when can be sent out to play until midnight. 3) Boys – want to get into her knickers? Then buy a shitty beat up old Corsa and use your giro money to buy lots of things to stick on it which will make it look like a sports car when it gets dark. Glue some blue lights on the underside and get yourself down the carpark where the local lasses will do anything for a ride what with the bus being so expensive. Don’t worry about insurance. That’s for stupid people. 4) Gentlemen – if you can’t afford it go without. Stealing is wrong. On the other hand you’ll be 20 stone and dead from liver failure by the time you’re forty so live a little.

Abertillery is a complete sh*thole! Full of bullies and cowards with IQs that don’t even match their shoe size. Supposedly poor-yet they can afford lots of cars, endlessly popping out children they fawn over in public and neglect in private, dangerous dogs they have no idea how to control, chain smoke, and drink like fish! They all seem to be related to one another! It is like that inbred episode from the X Files here! They go out of their way to make ‘outsiders’, who have the misfortune to move here, feel as unwelcome as possible. And they do their best to drive them out of their homes! So much for the myth that the Welsh are a friendly people! Anyone thinking of moving here DON’T! Wales for the Welsh- they are the only ones who deserve to live in this DIRTY DUMP that pretends to be a country and deserve that distinction! ANYWHERE in England is preferable, because at least it’s not Welsh!

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  • Arwyn

    I moved back to Aber’ after ten years living away to be near my elderly parents. It’s always been a bit of a rough area, but it’s definitely getting worse: drugs, cheap booze, and seriously bad attitudes everywhere. Rumour even has it that the council have shipped in rejects from other boroughs all over the country and put them in empty council properties in the area. That won’t do much for the social mix! And absentee buy-to-let landlords definitely don’t help either. Their scumbag tenants wreck neighbourhoods and ruin lives. I’m bricking myself about who’ll move in when my elderly neighbour one day “moves on”. It’s a ghetto alright, and, born and bred here as I was, I’m starting to bloody well hate the place. Sorry to say it but nice countryside, shame about the people. Anyone for building a dam at Aberbeeg?

  • Anonymous

    Walked into the Pendragon on a Sunday bank holiday and had a glass put to my face by ‘the hardest girl in Abertillary’.
    Theres a group of boys… names wont be mentioned, that go around ‘jumping’ people for what seems to be the fun of it. I know at least 5 people that this has happened to.
    It may as well be the Ghetto.

  • nearly a pensioner

    i’ve lived in Abertillery all my life and can remember it as a thriving town where you could buy anything from curtain material to a mans made to measure suit. we had four cinemas at least six butchers many newsagents sweet shops furniture shops and electrical outlets and four najor stores.its very sad to see Abertillery today .i wonder if the bypass has anything to do with it. when i was in school if you had a slap or cane from a teacher you wouldn’t dare tell your parents because you knew you would get another. our parents would never wonder how much compensation they could get from an action like this whether justified or not. i still think that discipline should start at home and be carried on at school. in my day you could go walking and window shopping of an evening and you weren’t afraid to let your children play outside. nowadays parents are rightly afraid that their child will be prepositioned by a drug dealer. i think its time the police and local councillors faced their responsibilies and in the case of the councillors stop wasting money on stupid projects. eg Foundry Square and the roundabout at Queen street and Somerstreet street.

  • julie roberts

    abertillery born and bred – i have seen this town go downhill faster than a bobsleigh. people came from all over to shop in aber’ but unfortunately with the closure of all the industries it took it’s toll. the town crumpled under the might of super stores and as fast as the good people try and build the town up the degenerates just wreck it. fed up of living in a place where there is so little respect for peoples property.
    we could do with some new blood in this town as we got takeaways, pubs, hairdressers, beauty salons and charity shops galore.
    we need discipline brought back, if you can’t do anything good for your town then we don’t want you in it. theres not much work but the willing look for it as for the rest if you don’t intend trying then you can sit in your own filth with no help till you do. as for the tango people, it’s suprising how many chocolate / orange people there are – tans by terry’s !!! get off the drugs and get a life.

  • bluebird

    People who slag abertillery off are usually people with no friends in the area. The only thing bad with abertillery is that its full of negative people like yourself who like to put everything down rather than taking the positives. Agreed there are a few idiots in the town but no more than anywhere else. And for the person that’s lived here for 32 years “why don’t you move if its so bad you clown!”

  • Callum

    Although abertillery does have some of what you mentioned. So does any other town. If you disagree i’d love to visit this town for myself. But Abertillery is hardly glamarous, but i grew up there and never had any problems.

  • Geraint

    @onlooker the fact that you use the word “Faggoty” as an adjective proves your an ignorant, homophobic, c**t. And probably one of the people described in the article. That’s why you found it so offensive. Have a nice day 🙂

  • Hywel

    The above description is spot on. As a resident of 25 years the only way to fix Abertillery is to demolish it. Remember you can’t polish a turd.

  • a.non

    I too live in abertillery and sadly the first article is spot on……. and the thing is instead of being helped from poverty our town has been left behind….they are trying to regenerate our town apparently.. but i think the outlook is bleak….
    one point that as been missed…the chocolate boys in aber who spend every hour in the sun shack getting their tango’d look ,,, and pumped up on roids…. the gals the same ,,, with their hair extensions to their bums.,.. with makeup lines down their cheeks ad chin,,, but besides this one thing i will say ABERTILLERY has friendly people and i guarantee you wouldnt walk thru the sh*t hole without someone saying hello.. by the way theres f**kal with a sarnie from gregs!!!

  • onlooker

    Hiya, Nemesis of Estate Agents & Local Councillors, i never seen any of this when i visited Abertillery. In fact i think most of what you wrote is very untrue, and most of what you wrote is not particular;y clever, obviously you understand the way people have been brought up in this town, and obviously must be from a posh area of the world, where you wouldn know about f**k all about anything unless your little internet says so! well i happpen to know for a fact that the people of this town would be very upset about your little faggoty put downs, i think that the way this has been written, that its all made up by someone who thinks hes a clever d**k and has never been there, and d**ks aint clever my freind, but well done for putting people down who are in one of the most poverty stricken Valleys in Gods Country.
    Again well done for making yourself look like a d**k, while sounding like a c**t…
    Have a nice day!

    • Ler

      Actually….. I’ve lived in Abertillery for 32 years, and while the vast majority of people are fairly decent, hardworking people, there is a huge population of obnoxious, chav scum! The town is over equipped with betting shops, pubs, takeaways and hairdressers and I wholeheartedly agree with the author on most points! I’m guessing you don’t get out in town much if you are looking at our town with such rose-tinted glasses? In our local school, at LEAST 20% of the children are under the watch of social services! I think our biggest failure must be our education system, because I’ve never had the misfortune of meeting so many illiterate, braindead, chav c**ts as I have in my home town!

    • anna

      @onlooker i actually live in abertillery and this is completely true!!