A well known former Llanelli landlady has celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. On Wednesday Mrs Nesta Williams enjoyed a tea party at Y Bwthyn care home in Bigyn, Llanelli, where she has lived since 2007.
She has two daughters Anne and Joan, two grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs Williams was the landlady of the Bull Inn in Anne Street, Llanelli, in the 1950s and 1960s and her late first husband was one of the first people in Wales to open a boxing gym for youngsters. Y Bwthyn manager Heike Clarke said Mrs Williams was quite a character. “She has been here a long time and is part of our family at Y Bwthyn,” she added. Mrs Williams’ daughter Anne Obern said: “My mother’s first marriage was to my father Emlyn Rees who was one of the first to open a boxing gym above the Mansel pub and had three Welsh Champions. He died when he was 46. “My mother worked in service for Mr Davies the Magistrates Clerk and went to work for the brewery. They were asked if they would like t…
Former Gower MP Gareth Wardell was the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of Llanelli Rotary Club held at the Stradey Park Hotel.
Mr Wardell gave an illuminating address, weaving comparisons between his job as a politician and his late father's job as a Tumble barber.
It was an amusing, highly-entertaining and thought-provoking address.
Mr Wardell, now 69, won the Gower constituency seat in a Parliamentary by-election in 1982.
The Labour MP held the seat until his retirement in 1997.
He now works as a public affairs consultant in Wales.
Mr Wardell's Parliamentary term was largely in opposition to Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Government. But his did make a significant contribution by being the youngest MP to chair the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.
Mr Wardell recognised that in the 'fame stakes' he may have played second fiddle to his father, Jack, who was one of the UK's oldest barbers and who cut and styled hair for almost 80 years.
Jack Wardell learned …
It’s been a valued institution in Llanelli for more than 40 years.
Now the Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper Association is searching for more volunteers. The association produces a comprehensive CD local news and information bulletin for blind and partially-sighted members of the community once a fortnight – having never missed a deadline in 42 years. “There’s a great sense of pride in Llanelli as we were one of the first towns in Wales to introduce a talking newspaper service,” said Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper Association chairman Robert Lloyd. “The service was founded during 1976, with the first edition being issued to nine listeners in December of that year. “The inspiration and driving force behind the project was the late Mr Harold Owen, Manager of a Painting and Decorating shop situated in Stepney Street, Llanelli. “The team of volunteers involved in the production and distribution of the newspaper numbers about 25 people at present and it is a credit to them, and…