The Llandeilo Festival of the Senses attracted record crowds over the weekend.
Christoph Fisher, of the organising committee, has issued the following thank-you letter –
The festival would like to thank everyone who attended our festival this weekend.
The glorious sunshine drew in record figures. Judging by the Park and Ride attendance it was the biggest yet.
The festival doubled the bus capacity, had to open another Park and Ride location and then upgraded the buses during the day on Saturday to two 70 seaters and it was still running on full capacity at busy times.
Friday town got busy as children watched Santa (Sion Corn) being brought through town on his sleigh by the Round Table of Llandeilo.
The Town Band of Llandeilo then led children from the Llandeilo primary schools carrying lantern through town until they met Santa again on King Street where snow machines added to the magical atmosphere.
Ffion Haf enchanted the crowd with hymns in Welsh and English, until the Mayor Edward Thomas switched on the Christmas Lights.
Local singer / songwriter Harry Luke delighted the crowd with his tunes and also presented his new single “Summer Eighteen” on stage until the Fireworks went off.
Lots of local singers populated the stage on King Street over the weekend, performing both in Welsh and English.
We would like to thank Menter Bro Dinefwr for their support for the Welsh language entertainment.
Local businesses pulled out all the stops with inviting discounts and special offers and called it the best Saturday they have had.
Edward Friend from Carreg Law transformed his office into a Grotto for Santa, who is temporarily homeless while the Shire Hall is being converted into a Heritage Centre.
There are so many individuals and businesses to thank for their contributions to the festival:
The Llandeilo Town Band, the school children, choirs and artists who performed on stage, the Round Table Llandeilo, the Girl Guides, St John’s Ambulance, and LAS Waste for their free or drastically discounted services, the Cawdor Hotel, the Civic Hall and the Ebenezer Chapel for providing such great locations and Carmarthenshire County Council for arranging free parking during the festival and for their advice and support.
Llandeilo Town Council for the financial and other support. The Carmarthenshire Tourism Association for their help with publicity and also for the sound advice they gave us. Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, The Hangout and Tregib Sports Facilities for allowing us to use their car parks for Park and Ride as well as Coracle Coaches who responded so quickly to the increased demand by offering us larger buses within less than half an hour.
The businesses who pledged and / or provided moral support for the festival and showed great community spirit and last but not least the hard working volunteers and the committee members who all worked tirelessly nonstop for free to make the event happen and make it a success.
And a success is was judging by the positive feedback on the social media pages.