Rugby memorial scheme scores with Stradey legend
A SCARLETS legend has welcomed plans to celebrate Llanelli's sporting history with a new rugby memorial.
Phil Bennett has backed a move by the county council to use the second set of goalposts from the pitch at Stradey Park as a prominent landmark at Sandy Water Park.
The authority plans to site two life-size rugby players painted in team colours at the base of the posts, which will depict the Scarlets running towards the try line, with an All Black player tackling.
An interpretation panel would explain the feature and convey facts about the history of rugby in Llanelli.
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Mr Bennett, current Scarlets president, said: "The posts are a great idea.
"Anything that can still keep the identity of Llanelli alive and preserve the history of the Scarlets is wonderful.
"I'm sure it won't affect the people in Sandy Water Park and for those coming from far and wide for the Eisteddfod it may be a talking point and a way to remember the days of Stradey Park."
Former Scarlets, Wales and British Lions star Terry Davies, one of the men behind the project, said the goalposts would be placed at the top of the park, next to the Gorsedd stones.
"We have two players, a number 10, obviously Phil Bennett, going underneath the goalposts with an All Black player behind," he said. "We are then trying to create a memory seat where you can sit looking through at the two players and down onto the old Stradey ground, with bars in place showing all the information and history of the club."
He said Tumble Forge would make the two life-size players, and that a £5,000 grant had been received from Cwm Environmental.
He also revealed there were plans for a charity fun run between the first set of posts in place at Bynea's Berwick roundabout and Sandy Water Park, to raise money for the Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust.
Mr Davies added: "The posts will be the most photographed place in Llanelli. Everybody will want a photo up there."
Carmarthenshire Council chiefs hope the feature will be a prominent landmark which will herald the town's great rugby tradition.
Director of technical services, Richard Workman, said: "The gateway features could instil pride in the community, reinforcing an identity with the sport of rugby."