Com­plete ad­mi­ra­tion for small army of vol­un­teers

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

LITTER is an is­sue for all of us.

It spoils our en­vi­ron­ment, and costs us as tax­pay­ers to tidy up af­ter peo­ple who are too lazy, or too ig­no­rant, to bin their rub­bish or take it home with them.

In my ward of Llan­non we are of­ten left pick­ing up fast food car­tons thrown on to our road­side verges, and I know this is a county-wide prob­lem.

But while I can­not fathom the mindset of the litter louts, what I do have is com­plete ad­mi­ra­tion for the small army of vol­un­teers that clean their com­mu­ni­ties as part of our Pride In Your Patch project.

Week in, week out, we have groups of vol­un­teers armed with litter pick­ers and high-vis vests troop­ing up and down our streets, pa­trolling our parks and col­lect­ing from our beaches.

For them, it’s a re­ward­ing task, and I thank them whole-heart­edly for ev­ery­thing they do to help Car­marthen­shire clean.

It’s a way for them to meet new friends, earn Time Cred­its and get in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties.

But isn’t it a shame that their ef­forts are nec­es­sary – we’ve got far bet­ter ways we’d like to be spend­ing coun­cil re­sources and there are many more im­por­tant ways our hard-work­ing vol­un­teers could be spend­ing their time.

If you would like to know more about Pride In Your Patch, look it up on the coun­cil’s web­site – it’s a fan­tas­tic scheme.

CI’M be­gin­ning to think it is pos­si­ble to have “too much of a good thing”, when the “good thing” in ques­tion is a 51-year old tele­vi­sion sit­u­a­tion com­edy once re­garded as a clas­sic, but hav­ing been re-cre­ated, restaged and re-imagined so many times since it ended, even its most loyal fans must think: “Enough!”

Dad’s Army be­gan its nineyear, 80-episode run on BBC One so long ago (July 1968) the first two se­ries were in black and white!

Younger read­ers, ask your par­ents . . .

Be­tween that first episode and the fi­nal one broad­cast in Novem­ber 1977, a suc­cess­ful fea­ture film spin-off was re­leased in 1971 and in 1975 a stage ver­sion was writ­ten by the se­ries cre­ators Jimmy Perry and David Croft, fea­tur­ing the orig­i­nal cast per­form­ing songs and com­edy rou­tines.

It played to packed au­di­ences in the West End from Oc­to­ber 1975 to Fe­bru­ary 1976 be­fore tour­ing the­atres around the UK later that year, and the pub­lic clam­oured to see their com­edy he­roes in the flesh.

When the TV se­ries fin­ished and the ac­tors and writ­ers moved on to other projects, it wasn’t a case of “At ease men! The war is over. You’ve all been de-mobbed!”

Be­cause Dad’s Army con­tin­ues to march on and on – and I don’t just mean the BBC2 Satur­day evening re­peats that have been run­ning for decades.

In 2007 and 2009 a whole

new bunch of ac­tors ap­peared in a stage tour based around three old episodes “stitched” to­gether, and in 2016 a new Dad’s Army movie was re­leased (es­caped?) to mostly less-thanfavour­able re­views. And now in 2019, the Gold Chan­nel have re-made three 50-year-old “lost” episodes of Dad’s Army with a new cast.

If these three shows do well, some bright spark at the BBC might con­sider re-mak­ing all 80 episodes. To which I would say, in the lan­guid style of Sergeant Wil­son in the orig­i­nal show (played by John Le Mesurier): “Do you re­ally think that’s wise?”

Put that light out!

Pic­ture: Dou­glas Miller/Getty

The orig­i­nal Dad’s Army cast in­clud­ing, from left Clive Dunn, James Beck, John Le Mesurier, Arthur Lowe, John Lau­rie and Ian Laven­der.

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

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