THE annual Llanelli Christmas Carnival takes place on Friday November 22, sponsored by Rainscape, Dwr Cymru.
Market stalls full of festive eats, treats and gift ideas will line Stepney Street from 9am, building up the atmosphere ready for the biggest night of the year.
Street entertainment and fairground rides will begin at 4pm with live stage acts starting at 5.45pm. Radio DJ Tommo will compere the evening, with performances by local singers.
The carnival procession will leave Festival Fields, Pwll, at 6.15pm, arriving in town shortly after the Christmas lights switch-on at 6.45pm.
The road closure of Station Road and Church Street, Llanelli, from its junction with Murray Street to its junction with Gelli Onn, will start at 5.45pm until 8pm.
This year, for the first time, Gelli Onn will be closed to westbound traffic only, from its junction with Thomas Street.
Fireworks will mark the finale of the entertainment at 7.40pm. The funfair will remain open until 9pm.
This year, the town’s Christmas lights will be switched on by Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Commerce competition winners Farah Asada of Ysgol Brynteg and Weronika Szafran-Drafc of Ysgol Penrhos, whose winning designs will be illuminated as part of the Stepney Street decorations.
Chris Jones, Dwr Cymru’s Programme Delivery Manager, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Llanelli Christmas Carnival again this year. It was great to see the winners’ Christmas light designs converted into the real size thing which will be a focal point for the carnival. Well done to Weronika and Farah.”
9am: Llanelli Outdoor Market situated on Stepney Street
12pm: Cowell Street closed
4pm: Big, small and scary funfair rides open with lots of side stalls plus selection of hot and cold refreshments (kindly supported by South Wales Showman’s Guild). Street entertainment (various locations)
5.45pm: Road closures in place for Gelli Onn westbound, Church Street and side streets.
5.45pm: Live entertainment and music begins on the stage located outside Town Hall including with compére Tommo.
6.15pm: Carnival parade leaves Festival Fields, Sandy Road*
6.40pm: Presentation to Christmas lights design winners (Main Stage). Kindly supported by Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Llanelli BID
6.45pm: Christmas lights switch-on by the Mayor of Llanelli Town Council, the Chair of Llanelli Rural Council and the Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council
7pm: Arrival of carnival parade in Town Hall area*. Kindly organised by Llanelli Round Table
7.40pm: Spectacular Firework Display ** (Town Hall Gardens)
8.15pm: Carnival parade prize presentation (Main Stage)
9pm: Fun fair closes
*Please note all times and activities are subject to change. Road closures will start to take effect from 12noon, effecting town centre to traffic until around 8pm.
** Timings subject to change due to Carnival Parade
For more up to date information on the day, check Discover Carmarthenshire’s Facebook page fb.me/DiscoverCarmarthenshire
Stay at home this Easter, urges First Minister
WALES’ First Minister and emergency services are calling on the people of Wales to stay home and respect social distancing this Easter holiday. The call comes as warm weather is predicted, sparking fears people will venture out of their homes.
The letter from First Minister Mark Drakeford is signed by Wales’ emergency and health services and council leaders, as well as the Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Health minister Vaughan Gething and chief medical officer Frank Atherton join the NHS, the police, fire and ambulance services, charities, councils and voluntary organisations as signatories to the letter.
It reads: “As the Easter bank holiday approaches, we have one message for everyone. Stay home and save lives.
“Our public services are working around the clock to care for and keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Frontline workers are putting our health and care first, every day.
“We must continue to do everything we can to support them; to protect our NHS and to save lives.
“Stay at home and help stop the virus spreading.
“We know it’s hard and we want to thank you for sticking to the rules. There are some early signs this is having a positive impact but there’s still a long way to go. We know that staying at home for long periods is difficult and families all over Wales are making many sacrifices every day.
“Most people are doing just this, but it’s really frustrating to see some people flouting the rules and putting other people at risk. We are taking action to stop this happening.
“These rules are there to protect you and your loved ones. For most people the virus will cause a mild illness, but there’s a large number of people – children, adults and grandparents – who are at risk of serious illness if they are exposed.
“Sadly, a lot of people have already died after catching coronavirus. Families across Wales have lost loved ones to this virus – if we don’t act now, even more deaths will follow.
“Our actions and decisions over the Easter bank holiday weekend, and in the coming weeks and months, will shape Wales for years to come.
“Please – stay home and save lives.”
The letter is signed by:
Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales
Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services
Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive
Tracey Cooper Public Health Wales Chief Executive
Carl Foulkes Chief Constable, North Wales Police
Mark Collins Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police
Matt Jukes Chief Constable, South Wales Police
Pam Kelly Chief Constable, Gwent Police
Andrew Morgan WLGA Leader, on behalf of all Welsh Local Authorities
Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales
Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys
Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales
Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent
Jason Killens, Chief Executive, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Ruth Marks, Wales Council for Voluntary Action Chief Executive
Simon Smith, Chief Fire Officer North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Hugh Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Tegryn Jones, Chief Executive, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Emyr Williams, Chief Executive, Snowdonia National Park Authority
Wales confirms second positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
THE CHIEF Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, has confirmed that a second patient in Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The patient is a resident in the Cardiff local authority area and has recently returned from Northern Italy, where the virus was contracted. The patient is being treated in a clinically appropriate setting.
Dr Atherton said: “I can confirm that a second patient in Wales has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
“All appropriate measures to provide care for the individual and to reduce the risk of transmission to others are being taken.
“I can also confirm that like the first case in Wales, this patient had travelled back to Wales from Northern Italy, where the virus was contracted.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the public that Wales and the whole of the UK is well prepared for these types of incidents. Working with our partners in Wales and the UK, we have implemented our planned response, with robust infection control measures in place to protect the health of the public.”
To protect patient confidentiality, no further details regarding the individual will be released.
Cambrian & Clydach v Llanelli Town.
CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH 1 LLANELLI TOWN 0
DESPITE going down to yet another defeat courtesy of an 88th minute goal, the Reds can take heart from the overall effort shown by the players newly recruited from the Carmarthenshire league who all played their part in a gutsy performance which, with a little more luck, could well have earned them all three points.
Two of the three signings from Seaside were named in the starting line-up, Callum Thomas and Jack Watkins, while the other, Jamie Jenkins, along with Rob Owens from Calsonic and Lenny Evans from Dafen were on the bench, although all three featured in the latter stages of the game.
Also making welcome returns after lengthy injury lay-offs, were Jordan Davies and Ross Jones, who brought some much needed stability in midfield and showed they had lost little of their previous skills.
A dismal afternoon in the Rhondda with frequent rain showers and an artificial surface which has seen better days, perhaps was not the ideal introduction for the visitors` new faces, but they all coped well, and given a few more matches to adapt to their new environment, they all look useful additions to the squad.
The hosts, in the early stages, appeared to be given too much leeway going forward, with Liam Edwards twice going close to opening their account, and their opponents were being forced on to the back foot.
However, they survived this initial threat and began to exert some pressure themselves on the home goal, with Liam Samuel having hit shot on the turn safely dealt with by goalkeeper Cameron Clarke.
The Reds goal then survived a close call when a ball hoisted long downfield found the head of Sam Jones, whose finish was marginally off target with Kai Rees off his line.
Rees was called into action to gather a free kick driven low into the goalmouth by Leon Jacks, before the visitors had a golden opportunity of taking the lead with the award of a penalty on 27 minutes following a foul on Nathan Logan in the box by Kyle Jones.
Samuel stepped up to take the kick, but it was a poor effort, lacking both pace and direction, and was kept out with some ease by Clarke.
Heads might have dropped following this disappointment, but to their credit the Reds continued to search for a breakthrough, and went agonisingly close to doing so when a shot by Logan beat Clarke before rebounding off the inside of the far post and into the grateful hands of the keeper.
When he hosts countered, Corey Shepherd blasted over the top from the edge of the box, while Callum Thomas brought off a saving block to deny Cameron Keetch after a surging run from his own half had afforded him the chance.
Still scoreless at the break, the visitors again came close to opening their account early in the second half when a run by Samuel culminated with a delivery into the goalmouth which was met by Kyle Copp, but somehow, from point blank range, Clarke managed to keep it out, more by luck than judgement.
At the other end, Rees was called into action to turn around a near post effort by Keetch, while a Reds attack saw Logan have his finish diverted for a corner, which when taken fell to Davies, but he lofted his shot high over the goal.
The visitors` goal then survived a close call when a slick move involving Jacks and Andre Griffiths led to the latter delivering a ball low across the face of the net, and Liam Reed was fractionally away from making contact.
The Reds then made a couple of changes, with Evans and Owens replacing the tiring Davies and Chris Thomas respectively on 73 minutes, with Jenkins coming on for Logan five minutes later.
With time running out, it appeared as if the game would end scoreless, before a situation arose which went against the visitors and ultimately cost them the dearly.
When a ball was hoisted high into their box, both Rees and Lee Bevan rose to deal with it, colliding heavily and ending up on the ground and needing treatment, but when the game was restarted, possession of the ball was given to the home side with Bevan still waiting to come back on to the field, and they took full advantage by sending a diagonal pass into the path of Keetch who rifled his finish into the bottom corner with just two minutes of normal time remaining.
This was a bitter pill to swallow for the Reds who had certainly played well enough to have earned at least a share of the points, but at the moment they are not having the rub of the green, and will be hoping that they can turn matters around with the visit of STM Sports to Stebonheath which supporters are asked to note will be on Friday evening, kick off 7.30 p.m. and not Saturday, as previously announced.
CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH; Clarke; Griffiths; Keetch; Coles; K. Jones; Strinati (Davies, 79); Reed (Thomas, 65); Shepherd ©; S. Jones; Edwards (Bradley, 80); Jacks;
Subs. not used; Owen; Grahame.
LLANELLI TOWN; Rees; Callum Thomas; Brown; Watkins; Chris Thomas (Owens, 73); Bevan ©; Copp; Jones; J. Davies (Evans, 73); Samuel; Logan (Jenkins, 78);
Sub. not used; G. Davies.
SCORER; Cambrian & Clydach; Keetch, 88.
YELLOW CARDS; Cambrian & Clydach; K. Jones; Edwards; Strinati.
Llanelli Town; Brown; Bevan; Chris Thomas; J. Davies; Watkins; Copp;
REFEREE; Gavin Townsend.