THERE was Mermaid Minnie, Typhoon Tessie, Harpoon Hannah and a host of other knitted sea themed characters bedecking the windows of shops in Llanelli during the yarnbombing knitfest this year. Keen eyed crustacean spotters would have seen the largest of our sea living creatures, the whale, in more than one of Llanelli’s wonderful shops as for nearly two weeks at the end of August, children and adults were encouraged to take part in a competition which took them to twelve separate businesses around the town centre.

Local knitting group, Crafty Seniors were responsible for the knitted creations which brightened up the town for two weeks. The group which is based out of Clos Llanfihangel in Dafen spent months knitting a variety of bunting, bollard covers and various other fishy items to dress up the town both inside businesses and outside on the street.

The group worked in conjunction with the Sospan Shedders a local men’s shed group who are based in the town. The Shedders made the wooden whales which the Crafty Seniors then covered with knitted pompoms. The whales have caused quite a stir around the town and many of them have been sold to customers who have seen them in shop windows.

Llanelli Library gave out the entry forms for the competition and those taking part in the trail were asked to follow clues to each location and find the twelve whales – not an easy task! All children who returned a completed from received a bag of sweets. Evan’s name was drawn as the overall winner by BID manager Mandy Jenkins. Evan, who took part in the competition with a little help from his dad, worked hard to find the whales which were placed in: John Francis, John Street Gallery, Marzano’s, The Travel House, Snack Shack, Panthywel Farm Llanelli Market Garden, Taffy’s, Yours Clothing, Peacocks, Nando’s, Times Past and Present and Vaughan’s Radio.

Having a ‘whale ‘ of a time: Evans Isaac

The prize for the competition was a ‘Back to School’ hamper worth £20, kindly donated by Wilko. Eight-year-old Evan Isaac was the winner.

Ymlaen Llanelli Chair Lesley Richards presented Evan with his prize on Thursday, 6th September in the library.

Lesley said, “I as delighted to give Evan his prize today, his perseverance paid off in the end. Thanks to the library for handing out the forms and to all the businesses that took part in the trail this year. It’s a great way to showcase what we have in the town. “

For more information on Ymlaen Llanelli and how you can get involved, please contact BID Manager Mandy Jenkins on 07803 503972 or mandy.jenkins@themeans.co.uk

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