ON Wednesday, (Nov 7) Llanelli Online went to Kidwelly to look at the poppy installation in the centre of the town.

Speaking to Llanelli Online Councillor Greg Jones said: “Basically the idea popped up in the Mason’s group. The intrepid young ladies decided to start knitting to decorate the town with their poppies. Today you have seen the results. It’s looking beautiful through the hard work of a lot of people.”

Councillor Simon Ratty told us that the main work had been led by a group of ladies from across Carmarthenshire. Speaking about their efforts councillor Ratty said: “One of the main people behind the project is Joan Dibble, who lives up the road. They’ve got a community team of knitters together.

There have also been ladies from Carmarthen, Laugharne, Gorslas and Tywi knitting club involved. It’s been a real push to get them up, we’ve only had just under 2 months to do it.”

Up to 20 people took part in the activities over 2 months, resulting in over 2,000 poppies decorating the town.

Asked about the importance of the upcoming Remembrance Day service, councillor Ratty said: “Sixty-one men from Kidwelly and the surrounding area lost their lives including three brothers, so it is important to remember.”

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Speaking about the impact on the community, Cllr Jones said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic, people have just come around to the idea of putting on a show for this centenary for the history and for the education of our children.

“For this town to come together like they have it’s been fantastic and it is a catalyst to what we want to achieve in the future.”

Cllr Ratty added: “Some of the poppies have also been donated to the Royal British Legion to help them fundraise, so they’re very pleased about what’s been achieved.”

Proud of the strength of community spirit: Cllr Phillip Thompson, Mayor of Kidwelly

Councillor Philip Thompson, Mayor of Kidwelly said: “The display of knitted and crotched poppies that the community has produced is amazing it is a testament to the strength of community spirit here in Kidwelly. The community here has worked together to produce a moving tribute to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. It is also great to see how local businesses and community venues have marked the occasion by their window displays.”

Cllr Thompson added: “The Town Council has also bought one of the British Legion’s life size “Tommy” silent soldier silhouettes on behalf of the town to mark the occasion and pay its respects to the memory of all those who served for us all.” “I hope as many people as possible will join us at the Service on Sunday at 9.45 in St. Mary’s Church and on the parade and wreath laying ceremony at the War memorial, which follows.”

For further information please contact Philip Thompson email: philthompsonkidwelly@yahoo.com tel: 07470260577 (mobile) 01554 229079 (home)

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