Prom-go­ers on the right road for fun with clas­sic cars

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Bethan Thomas [email protected]­me­dia.co.uk

A LAM­BORGH­INI that costs more than some peo­ple’s homes, and a clas­sic Rolls Royce that would not look out of place out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Those go­ing past this col­lec­tion of lux­ury mo­tors out­side Parc y Scar­lets could have been for­given for think­ing they had seen one of the posh­est car ex­hi­bi­tions around.

But the ex­trav­a­gant col­lec­tion of mo­tors in the Llanelli sta­dium’s car park was ac­tu­ally just the ride to the prom for stu­dents from Ys­gol y Strade, Llanelli.

As well as a 5-litre en­gine Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo, there was also a Maserati and a Lo­tus 7.

And vin­tage ve­hi­cle lovers were also in for a treat with retro VW camper­vans and even a 1950s Chevro­let.

Although proms are a tradition in the USA, their pop­u­lar­ity has surged in the UK over the past 15 years.

Dresses, suits, tick­ets, hair and make-up have all led the new tradition to be­come an ex­pen­sive af­fair and now it seems that an­other cost has been added to the list with this new craze of swanky trans­port es­cort­ing young­sters to their end of year cel­e­bra­tion.

And last month, year 11 pupils from Ys­gol y Strade en­sured they ar­rived in style.

How­ever, the prize for the most un­usual ve­hi­cle at Ys­gol y Strade’s prom must surely go to De­clan Mor­gan, who turned up in a golf buggy, pictured above.

De­clan said: “Everyone knows that golf is kind of my thing so I wanted to ar­rive in the golf buggy and be unique.

“Everyone was amazed - it was something quite dif­fer­ent and I wanted to make a state­ment and do something dif­fer­ent.

“I think proms are get­ting big­ger by the year, it was im­por­tant for me to go be­cause I will be leaving school and go­ing to col­lege so I wanted to end it on a high and have a good send off.

“I think everyone wants to do something new and dif­fer­ent and thinks how can I top the other?”

South Wales com­pany Retro Hire Wales said its prom pack­ages ranged from £200 to £250 - adding that they have had a very suc­cess­ful few months dur­ing prom sea­son as their clas­sic cars have been a big hit with stu­dents across the re­gion.

But some high-end sports cars, ad­ver­tised by other firms, can cost up to £400 for half a day.

The growth in “prom cul­ture” has sparked con­cern among politi­cians and par­ent groups.

The av­er­age price for a prom dress is now around £220 - and the UK av­er­age cost is now around £500.

The in­crease in pres­sure over proms comes at a time when many par­ents are harder pressed than ever fi­nan­cially.

Re­cent re­search found that Wales was the only UK na­tion to see a rise in child poverty last year with 29.3% of chil­dren in poverty in 2017/18.

Last month, the Welsh Government was urged to ad­dress the is­sues amid wor­ries that chil­dren from poorer back­grounds are at risk of miss­ing out.

Ahead of this year’s prom sea­son, two teach­ers at Maesteg Com­pre­hen­sive School put out an ap­peal for peo­ple to do­nate prom gowns.

How­ever, Ys­gol y Strade pupil Carys Grif­fiths, 16, said she did not feel any pres­sure at her school.

She said: “It’s just nice to have a laugh and do something dif­fer­ent.

“It’s just something everyone does now re­ally, it’s a way to cel­e­brate the end of school.”

Pic­tures: Ju­lia Har­ries

Just some of the cars that pulled up at the prom.

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