A day that I for one will never for­get Please, don’t just leave it to ‘some­one else’

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I DON’T think there are any words that might ad­e­quately ex­plain how proud I felt to stand on the stage at Pem­brey Coun­try Park on Sun­day as Leader of Car­marthen­shire County Coun­cil as we hosted the Grand De­part of the Tour of Bri­tain cy­cle race on Sun­day.

It was a great day in our his­tory and will be long re­mem­bered.

We have a fa­cil­ity that is now sec­ond to none there in that amaz­ing park, but this event, along with the park it­self, still had to be planned, en­gi­neered, ar­ranged and fa­cil­i­tated in or­der to make it the suc­cess that it was.

So many peo­ple thanked me for the metic­u­lous plan­ning that had made the event such a huge suc­cess, and such a plea­sure for all con­cerned, and I want to pass that thanks on to the staff, vol­un­teers and com­mu­ni­ties who worked so hard in or­der to sup­port the event and give the rid­ers such a warm wel­come.

I have lost count of the pos­i­tive com­ments we have re­ceived, both from lo­cal peo­ple who en­joyed the spec­ta­cle right on their doorstep, and also from visi­tors to the county who felt and en­joyed the buzz we cre­ated.

Sir Gar was at its best on Sun­day - and I was priv­i­leged and proud to have been there on a day that I for one will never for­get. LOYAL read­ers will be aware that I have many pet hates.

I also hate many pets, like next door’s cat, which I call “Handy­man” . . . be­cause he keeps do­ing lit­tle jobs in my gar­den.

Talk­ing of pets, peo­ple who keep snakes, lizards, killer whales, etc, con­sider them­selves su­pe­rior to any­one who keeps “run-of-the-mill” pets like ham­sters, bud­gies and gold­fish.

In their minds, they’re “in­di­vid­u­al­ists” who don’t fol­low the com­mon herd.

Yet, strangely, ev­ery sin­gle one of them who owns a pet python calls it Monty!

How’s that for in­di­vid­u­al­ism?

My Num­ber One Pet Hate is the ca­sual way peo­ple drop lit­ter out of car win­dows, on the pave­ment and in parks.

Wher­ever I go, this coun­try is slowly drown­ing un­der a tsunami of plas­tic bot­tles, take­away car­tons and crisp pack­ets.

As soon as their train pulls into the sta­tion, some bone idle text-ad­dicted rail trav­ellers leave their empty cof­fee cups on the bench they were sit­ting on for 20 min­utes.

They get on the train with­out a back­wards glance, con­fi­dent “Some­one Else” will do what they’re too lazy to – drop the cup in the bin placed all of 10 feet away. After the Read­ing Fes­ti­val, 30,000 tents were left be­hind, along with a moun­tain of gen­eral rub­bish – all of which will go to land­fill. That means 30,000 or more peo­ple should, un­der the Phil Evans Law (which is sadly not on the statute books . . . yet) be do­ing se­ri­ous jail time for be­ing thought­less, lazy twerps who think it’s OK to walk away from a fes­ti­val, leav­ing all their gear be­hind for “Some­one Else” to clear up.

That “Some­one Else” is the rest of so­ci­ety – peo­ple who’d never think of drop­ping lit­ter.

They’re peo­ple who feel so strongly about our streets and green parks be­ing cov­ered in dis­carded rub­bish that they make the ef­fort to pick it up and bin it.

I’m “Some­one Else”.

Are you?

Co­me­dian Phil Evans from Am­man­ford is known as the man who puts the “cwtsh” into comedy

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