BurryTalk column by Graham Davies
SOME time ago I wrote about a Burry Port hero, Evan Jones, who was wounded fighting Franco's fascists at the Battle of the Ebro.
Only last week I walked along the banks of the River Ebro and experiences the variety of environments it offers.
Where the blood of the International Brigades flowed, now people take river cruises and fish for catfish and carp.
My continuing obsession has included conversations with a number of Burry Port people, including Peter Qualters, of New Street, who has a collection of books, articles and photographs about the Spanish Civil War.
Vincent Brome, in one of the first books written about the Brigades, paints the picture of young volunteers under cover of a weekend excursion to Paris meeting up with the recruiters and being provided with documents and a train ticket to Beziers.
They would make a nightmare ascent of the Pyrenees and meet with other ragged lines of recruits for some pretty basic training. Young people, they were largely, idealistic, altruistic and determined.
There was another kind of commitment about the cadets of the Air Training Corps who were given the freedom of the town a couple of weeks ago. Their aims include fostering a spirit of adventure and developing the qualities of leadership and good citizenship. I talked to some of them in the Memorial Hall. They were articulate and focused, with some clear aims for the future.
The emphasis is very much on team work, leadership, physical fitness, discipline and the development of courage.
What it is to be young with goals and a vision! If you know who LL Cool J is you're too cool to read this column.
He once said: "Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals." (By the way he's a rapper). Arriba!