Oh, what a night!

Thou­sands turn out for town’s great­est Christ­mas party

Llanelli Star - - Front Page - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk 07790 591150

THOU­SANDS lined the streets of Llanelli town cen­tre on Fri­day evening for the town’s an­nual Christ­mas Car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions.

Or­gan­ised by Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil, Llanelli Ru­ral Coun­cil, Llanelli Town Coun­cil and Llanelli Round Ta­ble, the event has built up the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing one of the big­gest nights of the year in Car­marthen­shire.

The pro­ces­sion is one of

the big­gest in Wales, and or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mated 20,000 peo­ple would be in at­ten­dance.

Peo­ple ar­rived early to en­joy a range of fun­fair rides, try out food from lo­cal ven­dors and buy gifts ready for Christ­mas sold by lo­cal traders.

En­ter­tain­ment came from X Fac­tor’s Jas­mine and lo­cal acts John Baker, Luke Rees, CÔr Lleisiau’r Llanelli and Grwp Gw­erin Mansant, with com­père Mari Grug.

The lights were of­fi­cially put on by town mayor David Darkin, dressed for the oc­ca­sion in a Christ­mas suit, chair­woman of Llanelli Town Coun­cil Sian Ca­iach, and chair­man of Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil Mansel Charles.

An im­pres­sive pa­rade of floats fol­lowed, in­clud­ing ef­forts from Owens and the Scar­lets, be­fore a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play brought the evening to a close.

Llanelli town coun­cil­lor Sean Rees con­grat­u­lated those be­hind the car­ni­val.

He said: “The Llanelli Christ­mas Car­ni­val has be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture in the cal­en­dar.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the vol­un­teers tak­ing part and to all the or­gan­is­ers.

“There’s al­ways a buzz in the town cen­tre on nights like this.

“It re­minds me of how vi­brant our town cen­tre can be with the right vi­sion and drive in the fu­ture.”

Pic­tures: Adrian White

Llanelli’s Christ­mas pa­rade and fes­tive lights switch-on.

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