Pontypool (Welsh Pont-y-PWL) is a town of about 37,000 inhabitants in the Welsh county borough of Torfaen (Unitary Authority). The town is a former industrial city in which there was both a large coal mining and steel tradition and craft working with Japanese lacquer companies. After the crisis, the Welsh industry, the city is slowly recovering and becomes the bedroom community for neighboring Cwmbran and Newport. The drummer of the Manic Street Preachers, Sean Moore, comes from this city. The town of Bretten in Baden-Württemberg is one of the partner cities Pontypools.