Special Report by Iwan Lewis and Dafydd Lloyd
ON Sunday (Nov 11) the annual Remembrance Day Parade took place in Llanelli.
Large crowds of people gathered to pay their respects and mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.
The parade began at Murray Street led by the Royal British Legion Band. People lined both sides of the streets to watch hundreds of veterans make their way to the Town Hall along Church Street.
Dignitaries including Lee Waters AM, Mark James CBE, CEO of Carmarthenshire County Council, Kevin Madge, Vice Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed David Mathias, Mayor of Llanelli, David Darkin, Deputy Mayor Suzy Curry, Chairman of the Llanelli Rural Council, Martin Davies, Wales’ former international Phil Bennett OBE and numerous councillors from the County, town and rural councils were in attendance. Local clubs and organisations were also well represented, including the cubs, brownies, scouts, air cadets, army cadets and sea cadets.
Reverend David Jones led the service with prayers. The band played while dignitaries placed their wreaths at the three memorials before moving onto Church Street where they took the salute from the veterans as they marched past. The crowds that had gathered provided accompanying applause in appreciation.
Speaking to Llanelli Online Parade Martial, Steve Seaborne said: “It was a great turnout and it was really nice to see so many people taking part in the parade, especially the youngsters.
When asked about the importance for the education of the younger generation, he replied: “It’s very important because if we’re educating about the horrors of war hopefully it will never happen again.”