Carmarthenshire’s Town and Village of Culture for 2019 is Whitland and Drefach Felindre, and that’s official!
Representatives of both communities including school children from Llys Hywel Primary and Dyffryn Taf Comprehensive came together and attended the launch, along with the minister of culture and sports, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas.
The town council will take the lead in Whitland whilst a working group has been set up in Drefach Felindre to organise a programme of cultural events throughout the year.
The event was held at the Hywel Dda Centre and guest speakers were Carmarthenshire County Council chair, Cllr Mansel Lewis, President of the Hywel Dda Centre, Haydn Lewis and local historian Roger Penn.
Schools, sports clubs, music groups, food producers and businesses are all being urged to get involved and come forward with ideas.
A local co-ordinating group will now promote a variety of cultural events in Whitland throughout the year.
Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths, executive board member for culture, sport and tourism, said: “It was such a great event and a real pleasure to see the support and enthusiasm from people in the community wishing to celebrate our Welsh heritage.
I am now looking forward to the exciting activities that are being planned which will reflect the rich culture of both places.”
The council is hosting its second Celebration of Culture Awards at Llanelli’s Y Ffwrnes in April to celebrate and honour Carmarthenshire’s achievements in the arts and culture. Nominations and entries are now being taken here