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Gren Way walk opens in tribute to Welsh cartoonist Grenfell Jones

Walkers will be able to pose for pictures alongside some of Gren's famous characters Photo: Caerphilly County Borough Station

A walking route featuring the quirky characters created by one of Wales' best known cartoonists has opened today.

The Gren Way walk around Hengoed is a tribute to the work of Grenfell Jones in and around his former home.

Gren, the son of a coal miner, loved portraying Valleys life through his sketches. He died in 2007, but his creations will now remain a permanent feature of Hengoed.

Grenfell Jones portrayed Valleys life through a series amusing sketches Credit: ITV News Wales

Walkers will be able to pose for pictures alongside some of Gren's famous characters - and even mingle with the real-life versions of them.

Credit: ITV News Wales

A commemorative bench has also been unveiled along the route.

Gren continued drawing until the end of his life and was made an MBE for services to newspapers in 1989.

Daryll Jones, one of Gren's sons, told ITV Wales the walk epitomises his father's love of the Valleys and the people who live there.

Funding for the scheme has been made available through the Valleys Heart and Soul campaign managed way the Welsh Government on behalf of WEFO.