Pageant plans make history with dates for launch event
CARMARTHEN'S first history pageant is expected to take place over three days in September, organisers say.
Tourism and business leaders are spearheading plans for an annual event to celebrate the town's past.
Members of Llangunnor Comm- unity Council were provided with an update at their recent monthly meeting.
Councillor Dave Watson said: "An official announcement has not been made yet, but the idea is to hold it from September 27 to 29 and focus on the Roman to medieval period of the town.
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"It all looks very exciting."
Ideas for the three-day extra- vaganza will be developed over the coming weeks and months.
Scotsman George Reid, who runs Glangwili Mansion bed and breakfast outside Carmarthen, said the pageant will be something the town can feel proud and patriotic about.
Speaking at a meeting of the town's chamber of trade and commerce he said: "I know how patriotic the Welsh get when then country plays rugby, but I think celebrating the rich history of the town will help create a similar feeling and it should."
He was careful not to give too much detail away at this early stage, but said he hoped the pageant would echo Scottish events where several festivals and pageants celebrate local history.
"We have meetings coming up and hope to make an official announcement in a couple of months.
He added: "We hope a pageant looking at the town's history would instil pride and passion into the local people who may not be aware of the rich and important historical role that Carmarthen has played in Welsh history.
The three days would feature street performances and reenactments.
Traders were encouraged at the chamber meeting to get thinking about how they could reap the benefits.
It would compliment other events in the town such as the river and Merlin festivals.
Local schools will also be contacted with a view to tying in the pageant with the pupils' curriculum.