A Kidwelly community group is preparing bespoke art work to brighten up the town in preparation for the Tour of Britain, which starts on Sunday 2nd September.

Special Report by Hayley Griffiths and Adam Davies

Luke Thomas of Kidwelly was inspired to help decorate the windows of the disused town hall on the high-street.

There is also a community effort to create a large image of the castle visible from the aerial TV cameras that will be following the race.

The town have pulled together to provide paint and Travis Perkins provided the wooden canvases for the artwork.

Luke Thomas said: “The town hall is a grade two listed building that has been unused for the last 20 years and it’s quite an important feature to the street as it’s on the high-street but it looks quite scruffy.”

“Somebody suggested decorating it, so we came up with a simple scheme to decorate the boarded up windows. It presents our town well for the tourists when they come through.”

“The response has been great and everyone has been so positive. Street art is great because it inspires people and gives a good impression of the town. It shows that we care.

“It would be great to see the building restored but it’s not going to happen any time soon. So if you can improve it and brighten up the street then great.”

Work in progress: Luke Thomas’s designs at the studio.

Typically during the Tour, aerial footage of the race and the towns it passes through is broadcast, often displaying iconic landmarks and land art created by local people specifically for the event, which in many cases highlights what the town or region actually does.

This year Sky, ITV and an Italian television channel will be present at the race with the potential of images of Kidwelly being broadcast to the nation and beyond.

As part of the celebrations, the community of Kidwelly is entering the Tour of Britain land art competition.

The group undertaking the project has narrowed down their choices to include an image of the castle along with a black cat on a bicycle.

Kidwelly is famous for many things including the iconic castle, established by the invading Normans in the 12th Century, the Kymer Canal, the industrial museum, Hen Fenwy Fach, Ray Gravell and businesses such as Gravell’s Car Sales.

One of the most well-known historic names associated with Kidwelly is Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Wales, who fought to the death for Welsh freedom and was brutally beheaded by the Normans in a local field.

Renowned rugby player, the late Ray Gravell, who played for the Scarlets, Wales and the British Lions, is Kidwelly and Mynydd y Garreg’s most famous son.

Llanelli Online has constructed an online poll. If you would like to get involved, just for fun, and share your thoughts on the land art project, we’d love to hear from you. What would you like the world to see as land art representing Kidwelly?

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