Road­side char­ac­ters make big im­pres­sion

Carmarthen Journal - - Letters - CHRISTIE BAN­NON 01792 545522 christie.ban­non@me­di­

IF you’re driv­ing through Cross Hands it wouldn’t be to­tally out of the or­di­nary to spot a gi­ant Franken­stein or skele­ton on the side of the road.

Two years ago Tracey Thomas and her hus­band Llyr, who own Celtic Readymix in Cross Hands, had the idea of dec­o­rat­ing gi­ant con­crete blocks as var­i­ous char­ac­ters to mark a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

In that time they’ve had huge zom­bies, rab­bits, snow­men and even school­child­ren lin­ing the en­trance to their site on Cross Hands busi­ness park.

Mrs Thomas said: “We make con­crete “Le­go­type” blocks any­way, and we’re a small fam­ily busi­ness, so we de­cided to dec­o­rate them for ex­tra in­ter­est from passers-by.

“We did it for the first time for Hal­loween two years ago and then we did Christ­mas and Easter, and peo­ple started ‘what’s next?’

“We’ve got Franken­stein now and we’re cur­rently do­ing one for Re­mem­brance Day.

“It’s a big event, so we wanted to do it out of re­spect. It’s taken off now and it’s good for busi­ness. We’ve done about 12 now.”

The blocks are roughly 0.6 me­tres tall and 1.8 me­tres wide and there’s even some blocks dec­o­rated as school chil­dren on dis­play at Saron Pri­mary School.

“Our first Hal­loween one was the ask­ing most talked about and we had chil­dren come down from Saron Pri­mary School to do some trick or treat­ing on our yard,” Mrs Thomas added.

“Af­ter Re­mem­brance Day we’re hop­ing to do a Christ­mas theme next.

“My friend comes in and does them for us, I just show her a pic­ture and she can do it.

“We’ve got to do them when it’s dry.

“The blocks are used for stor­age or park­ing,” she went on.

“They’re good at re­tain­ing big solid things as they won’t move.”

The dec­o­rated con­crete stat­ues to cel­e­brate dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions.

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