May 27, 2022
A Welsh councilor is resigning because people keep accusing him of being the acclaimed, but anonymous, street artist Banksy. Indeed, William Gannon—until this week, a member of the Pembroke Dock Town Council—says, the allegations are “undermining my ability to do [my] work,” reports Sky News.
The Pembroke Dock Town Council member announced his decision to step down in a statement on Facebook on Monday, May 23.
The Welsh town, which sits by the West coast, is some 136 miles from Bristol, where Banksy is believed to have started out.
Gnnon said: “As you may be aware an allegation has been repeatedly made that I am not who I say I am, but that I am the Artist Banksy. A number of people believe that this allegation is true. This allegation is undermining my ability to do the work of Councilor and Council Rep properly.
He adds, “I do not want this allegation to undermine the reputation of Pembroke Dock Town Council. Therefore, I have decided to step down as both Town Councilor and Council Rep to The Port with immediate effect.”
Gannon thanked people for their kind responses and pledged “I have not gone away.”
Earlier this year, a Banksy mural was to be removed from its home elsewhere in Wales and taken to a secure location after attempts by “fanatics” to damage the artwork. The image, entitled “Season’s Greetings,” drew plenty of attention when it first appeared on the outside of a steelworker’s private garage in Taibach, Port Talbot, in December 2018 and eventually had to be fenced off.
The mural was bought by art dealer John Brandler, who agreed to keep the piece in the south Wales town for three years.
The Welsh government later paid to move it to an unoccupied shop in Ty’r Orsaf, so it could be viewed by the public.
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