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The town of Kidwelly became illuminated this evening, Thursday (Nov 25) as the Town Mayor Chris Peters-Bond officially flicked the switch for the Christmas lights.

Prior to that there was a parade, which included twirlers, the Town Crier, a dance troupe, civic dignitaries including Deputy Mayor of Llanelli Sean Rees, Chair of Llanelli Rural Council Tegwen Devichand, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council Eirwyn Williams and of course the man in red himself, Santa on his sled pulled by a donkey, that’s right, a donkey with leg warmers on.

The little beasts are a familiar site in Mynydd Y Garreg and are often called into action at local events.

Pic. Noah Evans

The Salvation Army Band provided the festive music by way of old favourites like O Come All Ye Faithful. Those who turned up to support the event joined in the communal singing on the square, which was beautifully decorated and having the additional Christmas backdrop of St Mary’s Church.

Pic. Noah Evans

The crowds then headed off to Parc Stephens where around thirty stalls had been assembled selling all sorts of Christmas crafts and foods including wood fired pizzas from Simon J’s Pizzeria to warm the cold and weary.

Pic. Noah Evans

Town Mayor Chris Peters-Bond thanked the volunteers for their hard work and said it was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying the festivities after what has been a difficult year due to the pandemic. He said that he was looking forward to seeing the many plans for Kidwelly coming to fruition including the possible restoration of the old Town Hall.

It was obvious that a lot of work had gone on behind the scenes to enable this year’s event. For a small town it showed it has a large community spirit.

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