Llanelli prepares to be yarn bombed

Llanelli prepares to be yarn bombed

LAST year for two weeks at the end of August, knitted items started to appear around Llanelli town centre.

It certainly caused a stir in the town with people commenting on how the town appeared brighter and more cheerful as a result and even taking selfies with colourful, coloured bollards on Stepney Street.

Local knitting group, the Crafty Seniors were responsible for the knitted creations and will be doing the same this year beginning on 19th August. However, this year there is more of a fishy theme as this year is the Year of the Sea.

The group which is based out of Clos Llanfihangel in Dafen have spent months knitting a variety of bunting, bollard covers and various other sea-themed items to dress up Llanelli. Look out for the knitted fish, turtles, coral and other ocean-inspired items in shop windows throughout the town. The Sosban Shedders have also been involved in the project and have made wooden whales for this year’s yarn bombing treasure hunt.

As part of the sea-themed week, the pompom covered whales will be placed in 12 businesses around the town or people to find. The prize for finding all 12 will be a back to school hamper which has been kindly donated by Wilko. Entry forms and clues to each business can be found at and returned to Llanelli Library.

Ymlaen Llanelli, the town’s Business Improvement District has supported the initiative for the last two years.

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Ymlaen Llanelli Chair Lesly Richards said: “We are delighted to support the Crafty Seniors with the yarn bombing again this year. It was such a talking point in town last summer and I can’t wait to see this year’s creations.”

Gaynor Churchill of the Craty Seniors said, “Everyone in the group has been working so hard in the last few months to get everything ready and we are so excited that our work will be displayed for everyone to see. It’s also been great working with the Sopban Shedders who provided the wooden whales for the trail which we hope children will enjoy taking part in.”

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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