IT was a special and touching evening as the annual Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Festival of Light took place at the St Elli Centre on Monday (Nov 19).
A crowd of over 600 people were treated to performances from a number of choirs including Cor Meibion Llanelli and the Phil Harmonics as well as the switching on of the lights.
The evening began with a performance by the Salvation Army Band.
The welcome and prayers were read out by the Reverend David Jones of Greenfield Chapel and the Reverend Euryl Howells, the senior Chaplain of Hywel Dda Health Board.
The capacity crowd then sang ‘Calon Lan’ alongside the backing of the Salvation Army Band.
Côr Meibion Llanelli sang Anfonaf Angel with Anthony Bowen as a soloist.
A reading of the Gospel was read out by the Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council Emlyn Dole.
It was the children of Ysgol y Felin who stole the show however, with their excellent performance of ‘This is Me’ from the Greatest Showman Musical and were giving a rapturous applause.
Phil Harmonics then sang a couple of numbers including the song made famous by Elvis Presley ‘You Were Always On My Mind’.
The hymn ‘Lord, The Light of Your Love’ was then blasted out with the Reverend David Jones making a joke of blasting the roof off and leaving a big bill for the County Council, much to the amusement of Cllr Dole.
Following the hymn, the former County Director of Hywel Dda Health Board Linda Williams gave a few words on the importance of the evening and the critical funds that it raises.
The house lights went off in the centre and on came the festive lights as Côr Meibion Llanelli performed ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in an emotional performance.
The final hymn was ‘Cwm Rhondda’ as the lights lit up the previously darkened centre. The Reverend David Jones then finished off the evening with a blessing.
Ty Bryngwyn Llanelli Hospice is a designated Centre of Excellence providing specialist palliative care for the community of Carmarthenshire.
It is the only Hospice in the area with inpatient facilities.
Llanelli Hospice provides specialist palliative care both in the community and in its seven inpatient beds. You can donate to the Hospice Appeal Fund by clicking here.