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Llanelli Rail Strike remembered

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Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 12.08.40A MARCH to commemorate the shooting of two innocent men in Llanelli more than a hundred years ago will take place this weekend. 

John ‘Jac’ John, aged just 21, and 19-year-old Leonard Worsell were shot by British troops on British soil, during industrial action over low pay for railway workers during the Llanelli Railway Strike in August 1911. Neither of the two had any connection with the railway; Jac John, a promising rugby player, worked in the tin industry, while Leonard Worsell, a labourer from London, was being treated for tuberculosis at a nearby sanatorium, and was staying with relatives.

Cllr Sîan Caiach said: “The Llanelli riots were not a public disturbance led by criminals but a reaction to totally innocent people being shot, two of them dying, followed by anger against the magistrates and the railway owners whose property was then targeted by the townspeople. John Edwards had to censor passages from his first book to get funding to publish it but the second edition published in 2011 for the centenary has the whole story.”

The annual commemoration march will leave the railway station on Saturday (Aug 20) at 2pm. Speeches will be given at the town centre around 2.30pm and after a short break, the march goes on to on to the Box Cemetery later for the wreath laying at the graves of the two young men shot dead by the troops.

This year, the events are dedicated to John Willock, of Llangennech. John was a lifelong social campaigner, an active trade unionist and a shop steward in Trostre tinplate works, a Unison branch Secretary and a training officer at Carmarthenshire college, a Llangennech Community Councillor and elected chair of that council on two occasions during his 20 years service, and became secretary to Llanelli Trades Council and was a founder member of the Llanelli 1911 committee.

John was a local character and a friend to many as well as a loving father. He battled to keep open Llanelli Care Homes, he campaigned to Stop Public Service cuts everywhere and was a member of Sopan, trying hard to save the services at Prince Philip Hospital.

His friends are invited to join the march this year to join in the commemoration of these historical events which the authorities concealed the real truth of for many years.

Thanks to people like John, and the local historian John Edwards who wrote the first edition of his book about the strike, ‘Remembrance of a Riot’ 30 years ago, the truth is now public and accepted.

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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