Evan hauls in first prize in whale trail trea­sure hunt com­pe­ti­tion

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

EIGHTYEAROLD 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.

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