Fes­ti­val dou­ble brings plenty of buzz back to town

Llanelli Star - - NEWS - Robert Lloyd @rl­loy­dpr [email protected]­line.co.uk 07765 287910

IT was an­other land­mark day for Llanelli – a dou­ble whammy of Armed Forces Day and the an­nual 80s Fes­ti­val.

Events kicked off with the Armed Forces Day Pa­rade at 11am, a first for Llanelli and or­gan­ised by the Llanelli Branch of the Royal British Le­gion.

Mem­bers of the public lined the route of the pa­rade from the Ffwrnes The­atre to Spring Gar­dens to pay their re­spects to both vet­er­ans and serv­ing per­son­nel.

A drum­head ser­vice then took place in front of lo­cal dig­ni­taries and a del­e­ga­tion from Llanelli’s twin town of Agen in France.

There were also mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and ac­tiv­i­ties in Spring Gar­dens through­out the day to en­ter­tain adults and chil­dren alike.

Mean­while, in Step­ney and Vaughan Streets, a del­e­ga­tion of mods and rock­ers ar­rived to en­ter­tain the crowd with their fan­tas­tic ar­ray of bikes to the sound of the Llanelli Com­mu­nity Wind Band play­ing 80s tunes.

At 2pm the 80s Fes­ti­val, or­gan­ised by the Ym­laen Llanelli team, kicked off in earnest with the Nutty 2 Tones play­ing a se­lec­tion of ska songs.

They were fol­lowed by lo­cal band The Wurl­itzers belt­ing out 80s clas­sics and pep­per­ing their set with tales of Moon­raker night­club which went down a storm with the huge crowd that had gath­ered, many of whom em­braced the 80s fancy dress theme.

A Ge­orge Michael trib­ute was next and the crowd sang and danced along to Ge­orge’s later hits be­fore the Sun­shine Cab Co. took the stage with some rock clas­sics in­clud­ing Bo­hemian Rhap­sody.

Lo­cal Sim­ply Red trib­ute act Red Mick fol­lowed who had the crowd wav­ing their arms in the air with his en­core of Hold­ing Back the Years be­fore Ge­orge Michael took the stage again with a se­lec­tion of Wham’s great­est hits – a fan­tas­tic way to fin­ish off the evening!

Nearly all the pubs and bars had an 80s themed evening go­ing on so ev­ery­one wan­dered off to their favourite to carry on the fun.

Ym­laen Llanelli Chair Les­ley Richards said: “What an amaz­ing day for Llanelli! There was a won­der­ful at­mos­phere all day in the town cen­tre, it was lovely to see so many peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves in our town. Busi­nesses and mar­ket stalls were busy all day and there was a fan­tas­tic buzz in the air. This year’s fes­ti­val was big­ger and bet­ter than last year’s and I think we can def­i­nitely say it’s now an es­tab­lished event. Roll on next year!”

There was plenty of fun at Llaneli 80s Fes­ti­val.

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