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Keeping Up With the Norbergs
The Joneses take Cardiff by storm
Eric Shackle (shack)     Print Article 
Published 2006-11-05 18:45 (KST)   
Correction: Aled Jones did not perform but he did send a good luck video message.  <Editor's Note>
On Friday 1,224 men and women all named Jones gathered in Cardiff's Millennium Centre to break a Guinness world record.

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Their aim? To beat 583 people called Norberg in Sweden, who before Friday held the world record for the largest gathering of people with the same name.

The Joneses were treated to songs from former Bond girl Grace Jones and opera singer Dame Gwyneth Jones.

They also had a chance to see former choir boy Aled Jones, possibly the most famous Jones in the United Kingdom, apart from Tom Jones of course.

Unfortunately for all those proud Joneses out there, Tom's actual last name is Woodward.

The following day a capacity crowd of Rugby football fans in the Millennium Stadium cheered the Welsh team, led by captain Stephen Jones, against Australia in the first of four fall season internationals.

One wonders if Stephen Jones and his similarly surnamed team mates were tempted to join the Joneses in the Millennium Centre. On Saturday the Welsh team included Ryan Jones and replacements Duncan Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, and Mark Jones.

Jones, meaning son of John, is a common surname in the English speaking world.

It's so common in Wales, where 13.5 percent of people are called Jones, that in past years, to avoid confusion, many were referred to by their occupation, such as "Jones the baker" or "Jones the butcher."

More details about the Jones name will be published in the December edition of The World's First Multi-National e-Book.


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