An event which could not have taken place without the continued support of Llanelli Rural Council and also the generous sponsorship received from the many local businesses and residents.
The MC for the evening was Rural Councillor Steve Donoghue who was also representing the current Chair of the Rural Council, Sian Caiach. County Councillor Deryk Cundy was also in attendance.
Providing the entertainment were the Phil Harmonic Ladies Choir, The Loughor Town Band and Bynea School Choir always a favourite with all attending.
Santa and his Elves had a very busy evening. They first attended Bryn Helyg Residential Home where they spent time chatting with residents and delivering gifts before moving on to Bynea Square escorted by the local police, befitting of any celebrity.
The excitement as they arrived was palpable.
On descending from his Santamobile MK1, Santa was immediately surrounded by the awaiting crowd. Santa explained that the Reindeer were being rested for the ‘big night’ and he was using the Santamobile Mk1 instead.
Santa’s next duty was to perform the very important task of switching on the Christmas Lights.
The Christmas Tree is as impressive as ever and this year, for the first time, the Bynea District Forum had arranged for external power sockets to be installed to enable lights to be put on Saron Hall. The result was well worth the effort.
Santa and his Elves then moved on to Bynea School where an impressive Grotto had been prepared for him by members of staff at the School. Forget John Lewis and Harrods – Bynea School Grotto would take a lot to beat.
124 children visited Santa at the Grotto, all receiving a free gift.
For those not visiting Santa refreshments were available at Saron Hall.
A first again this year was the addition of a cake and sweet stall at the Hall which was very well received.
The Chair of the Bynea District Forum commented: “The weather was against us, however, despite the conditions we hope that the large crowd that turned out on the night had an enjoyable time and that new additions to the evening, were enjoyed.
“Sincere thanks to all for showing such support, in aid of our efforts, for the benefit of the local community.”