We are the cy­cling hub of Wales!

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - You can fol­low Phil Evans on Twit­ter @phil­e­van­swales or visit www.phil­e­vans.co.uk

WHAT a fan­tas­tic day we had on Satur­day as we wel­comed the fi­nal stage of the OVO En­ergy Women’s Tour.

I am ex­tremely proud of ev­ery­one in­volved who helped to make this event such a re­sound­ing success – the eyes of the world were on Car­marthen­shire and we cer­tainly showed them what a beau­ti­ful, wel­com­ing county we live in and that we can hold large-scale sport­ing events to ri­val the very best.

It was also won­der­ful to see that com­mu­ni­ties along the route cre­ated a party at­mos­phere to wel­come the cy­clists and cheer them on, we def­i­nitely had the largest and loud­est crowd of sup­port­ers out of all six stages.

It was a very spe­cial mo­ment to watch our very own Manon Lloyd lead the rid­ers out of the Velo­drome at Car­marthen Park – where it all started for her, train­ing with the Towy Rid­ers, and to see how far she has come.

I know her fam­ily are so proud of her success, as are we, she re­ally is a true am­bas­sador for Car­marthen­shire.

It was an ex­cit­ing finish at Pem­brey Coun­try Park; again there was a bril­liant at­mos­phere.

I hope we have proved that as a county we can host large events such as th­ese, we have the in­fras­truc­ture, we have the fa­cil­i­ties but most of all we have the peo­ple.

I think it is safe to say that we can now claim the ti­tle of the Cy­cling Hub of Wales! Check out dis­cov­er­car­marthen­shire. com for our epic road cy­cling routes – you won’t be dis­ap­pointed!

CLET me ad­mit straight­away that I think the Queen song Bo­hemian Rhap­sody is a bom­bas­tic load of old non­sense which goes on for­ever.

When it comes on the ra­dio I switch off and have time to shave, iron my shirt and eat a full Welsh break­fast be­fore I switch it on again.

I know I’m in the mi­nor­ity (be­cause there’s only one of me) and un­der­stand why a suc­cess­ful film bear­ing the song’s ti­tle was made about Fred­die Mer­cury and Queen.

I also ap­pre­ci­ate that over his long and some­times tem­pes­tu­ous ca­reer, Sir El­ton John has sold zil­lions of records and en­ter­tained a lot of peo­ple at his live con­certs.

So his biopic* Rock­et­man was in­evitable, al­though it’s un­usual for a film to be made about a real per­son while they’re still breath­ing and pound­ing their be-jew­elled fin­gers on the keys of a mil­lion dollar pi­ano.

But . . . you knew there was a “but” on the way, didn’t you?

I was stag­gered to read that a “Bye-O-Pick” is be­ing planned about Boy Ge­orge. As he was re­cently 58, I’m not sure how much longer he can get away with that “Boy” mon­icker.

Fred­die and El­ton both have enough songs to fill sev­eral Great­est Hits CDs, while I strug­gle to re­mem­ber more than a cou­ple of chart en­tries by Ge­orge and his band Cul­ture Club. Wasn’t his big­gest

hit about his abil­ity to put his pet lizard at ease – Calm A Chameleon. So, it seems any old pop act could have their ca­reers im­mor­talised in cin­ema and three months later be avail­able on DVD and VOD.

For ex­am­ple, Kisses For Me – the true story of rock’n’roll rebels The Broth­er­hood Of Man.

Or how about Shad­dap You Face – Joe Dolce sells six mil­lion records world­wide then van­ishes into ob­scu­rity?

But the one I’d most like to see is Chesney Hawkes – How I Made A 30-Year Ca­reer Out Of My One And Only Hit.

See you in the cheap seats… Pro­nounced “Bye-O-Pick” and not, as some broad­cast­ers mis-pro­nounce it, “BIOPPick”!

Pic­ture: Emma Lee

Chesney Hawkes on stage back in 2003. Will there ever be a biopic about him, won­ders Phil Evans.

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

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