Festival double brings plenty of buzz back to town
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.