Evan hauls in first prize in whale trail treasure hunt competition
EIGHTYEAROLD Evan Isaac is the winner of Ymlaen Llanelli’s whale trail treasure hunt competition.
For nearly two weeks at the end of August, children and adults were encouraged to take part in a competition which took them to 12 separate businesses around the town centre. The competition was part of this year’s sea-themed Llanelli town centre yarn bombing.
Local knitting group Crafty Seniors were responsible for the knitted creations which brightened up the town for two weeks. The group, which is based out of Clos Llanfihangel in Dafen, spent months knitting a variety of bunting, bollard covers and various other fishy items to dress up the town, both inside businesses and outside on the street.
The group worked in conjunction with the Sospan Shedders, a local men’s shed group who are based in the town.
The Shedders made the wooden whales which the Crafty Seniors then covered with knitted pompoms. The whales have caused quite a stir around the town and many of them have been sold to customers who have seen them in shop windows.
Llanelli Library gave out the entry forms for the competition and those taking part in the trail were asked to follow clues to each location and find the 12 whales — not an easy task!
All children who returned a completed form received a bag of sweets. Evan’s name was drawn as the overall winner by Llanelli Business Improvement District manager Mandy Jenkins.
Evan, who took part in the competition with a little help from his dad, worked hard to find the whales which were placed in: John Francis, John Street Gallery, Marzano’s, The Travel House, Snack Shack, Panthywel Farm Llanelli Market Garden, Taffy’s, Yours Clothing, Peacocks, Nando’s, Times Past and Present and Vaughan’s Radio.
The prize for the competition was a ‘Back to School’ hamper worth £20, kindly donated by Wilko.
Ymlaen Llanelli chair Lesley Richards presented Evan with his prize last week.
Lesley said: “I was delighted to give Evan his prize today, his perseverance paid off in the end.
“Thanks to the library for handing out the forms and to all the businesses that took part in the trail this year. It’s a great way to showcase what we have in the town.”
Eight-year-old Evan Isaac collects his prize at Llanelli Library.