Thou­sands en­joy Christ­mas spirit

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THE fes­tive sea­son is un­der way in Car­marthen after its Christ­mas lights were switched on at the week­end.

Thou­sands of peo­ple packed into Guild­hall Square for the fes­tiv­i­ties on Fri­day night with many then mak­ing their way over to the town’s first win­ter won­der­land at the park in Morfa Lane.

Bosses at the won­der- land said the at­trac­tion had a bumper kick off with high vis­i­tor num­bers across the week­end.

Wil­liam Hunter at Stream­line Leisure said: “We had a great week­end and had up to 6,000 peo­ple there.

“There were 2,000 peo­ple ice skat­ing alone over the week­end.

“Add to that peo­ple just there and not on the ice and you can eas­ily dou­ble or triple that num­ber, which is great con­sid­er­ing the size of what we have got at the park.”

Re­ac­tion to the won­der­land has also been pos­i­tive since its gates opened on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“Peo­ple have been com­ment­ing on our Face­book page and ev­ery­one is en­joy­ing the fact Car­marthen has a win­ter won­der­land fi­nally.”

Tak­ing to Face­book there were many happy cus­tomers after their visit.

Alexan­dra O’Con­nor posted she loved “ev­ery­thing” about it, adding: “It’s a great build-up to Christ­mas, re­ally gets you in the Christ­mas spirit.

“You can find some

unique gifts on the stalls plus there are some fan­tas­tic foods and drinks avail­able and not for­get­ting Santa’s grotto for the lit­tle ones. A must.”

Town lead­ers have dis- cussed ef­forts to bring a won­der­land to the town for sev­eral years but plans never came to fruition.

While Aled Evans said: “Amaz­ing ice rink, awe­some rides, good va­ri­ety of stalls and a good se­lec­tion of food and drink to en­joy. Some­thing for the whole fam­ily and it’s great to see it in Car­marthen.”

Sat­ur­day saw the an­nual rein­deer pa­rade through the town to St Cather­ine’s Walk where there was a full af­ter­noon of Christ­mas fun.

This was fol­lowed by St Cather­ine’s Walk’s own lights switch-on.

Clerk of Car­marthen Town Coun­cil Alun Harries said: “There were thou­sands of peo­ple in the town on Fri­day evening and on Sat­ur­day and the place was bounc­ing; the town coun­cil is very proud of its an­nual Christ­mas events and this year it felt as if there were more peo­ple than ever in the town.

“I spoke to many peo­ple who had trav­elled a long way to Car­marthen for the events and there is no doubt that Car­marthen is de­vel­op­ing a great rep­u­ta­tion across West Wales for its Christ­mas lights switch-on and as­so­ci­ated events.”

The St Cather­ine’s Walk Christ­mas lights switch-on with X Fac­tor stars Reg­gie & Bol­lie saw crowds fill the shopping cen­tre to be en­ter­tained by Elvish – the King of Elves, Christ­mas Nutkins, The Bouncy Elves and fes­tive mu­sic and fun with Ra­dio Car­marthen­shire’s Tommo.

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