Welsh club drops Tom Jones ban

April 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

FOCHRIW, Wales, April 15 (UPI) -- A Welsh social club said it is lifting a ban against singer Tom Jones, who was accused of stealing a chicken from the establishment 47 years ago.

Residents of Fochriw said the 63-year-old singer, who was known as Tommy Scott during his last local appearance in 1963, is welcome to return to the Fochriw Social Club despite his past alleged indiscretion, The Daily Record, Glasgow, Scotland, reported Thursday.

Jones and his band, The Senators, were banned from the club by the village committee after they were accused of stealing a chicken meant as a raffle prize.

Len Davies, 80, who was present during the 1963 incident, said the real events of the evening were difficult to discern.

"People were having a few drinks and after the performance a melee broke out," Davies said. "My brother had bought this chicken as one of the prizes but after the fight it had gone. The rumor is that it was Tom Jones -- but nobody really knows who took it."

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