Saturday, December 3, 2022
Ammanford for shopping, Windsor for partying

Ammanford for shopping, Windsor for partying

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy. Website –

He also writes for Llanelli Online although he will never admit it.

Here Phil takes a sideways look at life in Rhydamman or Ammanford for the unfortunate souls who have not learned God’s own language.

On Saturday mornings, when I wander around the millionaire’s playground of Ammanford, I visit the same places in the exact same order every week, otherwise I feel unsettled.

Don’t laugh. We all have our funny little ways.

You’ve just remembered what yours are, haven’t you?

First thing on Saturdays, I fill up at the petrol station. They have a wide selection of hot snacks and pastries I can fill up on  before shopping at the supermarket.

Then I stop at the newsagents for my newspaper, before buying cod and chips at the chippy.

Obviously, if I did these things in the wrong order, I could end up eating fish and chips out of my newspaper while pushing a supermarket trolley.

But on May 19th, I felt really unsettled.

I was the only customer at the petrol station on a Saturday.

The supermarket had so few shoppers that check-out girls were gossiping and yawning. That gives you some idea how exciting their gossip was.

I also felt unsettled at the usually busy chippy, because there was only one other customer and he wore a Union Jack top hat, Union Jack suit, Union Jack bow-tie and Union Jack boots.

Okay, he might have been in some weird Spice Girls ’n’ Slade mash-up tribute band, but I decided not to ask and hurried home with my cod and chips.

I felt I was missing out on something important that was keeping people at home, which I found very frustrating.

But not as frustrating as the traffic on the M4 later in the day as I drove to a gig just outside Windsor.

It took me more than four hours to get there.

I don’t usually like performing at wedding do’s – but the happy couple and their families gave me a right royal reception.

As for their house? Honestly, it was like a palace . . .

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