All-day family event to take place in Kidwelly to pay kudos to town's historic canal
AN all-day family event is to take place at Kidwelly Quay to celebrate the town's history.
Dubbed Cedweli Waterfront Festival and organised by history group Hanes Cedweli, it will take place on Saturday, September 21.
The event, held to raise funds for the Ferryside Lifeboat Association, will be a celebration of the first industrial canal in the first industrial nation in the world, Wales — and will feature live music and a range of stalls and activities for children.
The day's activities will include a tug of war, bouncy castles, a fortune teller, splash balls and circus acts.
And youngsters will be able to make lanterns from willow materials which will then form part of a lantern parade.
There will also be ecological activities in association with the RSPB including pond dipping, while a bouncy castle and play bus will also be at the Quay.
Live music takes place from midday until midnight, with artists such as Three Smiles Wide, Dai Sharkey, Fasta Benj, King Goon and Monster Gods all set to perform.
There will also be a range of stalls on display, while a range of boats will be using the Quay on the day.
The canal which ran from Carway to Kidwelly opened in 1768 to export coal from Thomas Kymer's coal field in the Gwendraeth Valley.
One of the organisers, town councillor Byron Huws said: "The canal has a great history and is probably the best known 'secret' Kidwelly has.
"It will be the first time in many, many years that so many boats have come to the quay and hopefully others will start using it.
"To have the first coal carrying canal in the world probably has not been celebrated before.
"It would be a marvellous spectacle to have some boats come and stop at the coal dock.
"In the first week of Kymer's operation his agent was telling him that 25 ships a day were waiting to load his coal.
"We could potentially recreate some unloading of coal at Kidwelly, that would be interesting to recreate a piece of the town's history like that.
"This is in aid of Ferryside Lifeboat Station and we want people to support their lifeboat."