This year’s celebrations have been dubbed the best so far. Lots of people from all nooks and crannies of Llanfyllin’s community came out to enjoy the sun, stalls and free brunch. The organisers had been worried they might have ordered too much food as the publicity had only gone out the week before, but they needn’t have worried. Arts Connection’s performance space with live music by the Belltones had people stick around longer. Kids enjoyed doing pavement art, and having their face painted by the Community Church’s free stall.
Masquerade entertained with a parade and a story with a new angle on how the Lonely Tree came into being and why it came to fall down. If you missed it, be sure to catch it at their next performance in July at the Workhouse party. One resident voiced his enthusiam about the festivities like this: ‘I was going to do to some gardening, but I had to abandon it when I saw this going on.’ Later, the crowd participated in Tony Skeggs’ medly of Abba songs. Public opinion was clear: that blond wig really suits him.
This was the first time that St Myllin’s Church and its grounds were fully integrated into the festivities with a circus workshop in the grounds, a photo exhibition of weddings and baptisms in church and the popular church tower tours. On Sunday afternoon Llanfyllin basked in the joyful sound of a full peal of the six bells for more than 3 hours, a very rare occasion. For fanaticists the recording is available from Beehouse Studio.
Thanks are due to everyone who helped putting the event together. It was such a community effort that none of the people involved felt they had to do very much. And of course thanks to Llanfylin Town Council for the bigger budget which meant more sandwiches and cakes than ever!
On behalf of Llanfyllin Society
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