Spa town revitalized with the return of Llandrindod Carnival

THE town was built on a reputation for its famously rejuvenating spas, and Llandrindod Carnival was revitalized last weekend as it made a welcome return to the town following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Eva Abley performed on the day, while the Albert Hall Ah Players also entertained the crowds gathered around the bandstand throughout Saturday July 2.

There was plenty on offer for the masses who turned out, with carnival day starting at 12pm. Judging was underway at 12:30 p.m. and the procession began at 1 p.m. The coronation of the carnival king and queen was at 3 p.m., with Eva’s routine at 4 p.m.

There was fun for the whole family this year, with the Barton Circus bringing their ‘Lost and Found’ routine (trapeze and ropes) to the event, along with workshops. There was plenty of color amongst the carnival floats and a fancy dress competition, with the Mid Wales Ax Racing team on display and various other competitions.

With food stalls, an open bar, a truck pull, bouncy castles and booths operating all day, DJ Cal and Conspiracy Theory then entertained late into the night.

Ah Players performing at Llandrindod Carnival

Brecon and Radnor MP Fay Jones was one of the carnival float judges and really enjoyed her day. “Llandrindod Carnival is back,” she posted on her Facebook page.

“I had the honor of judging the tanks… the hardest job I’ve had in a while. The bees, Disney princesses and WI ladies were gorgeous but nothing captured my heart as much as the Dalmatians. (And very scary Lions!).

“An incredible day. Many thanks to all the organizers – what a brilliant event.

Students from Ysgol Trefonnen performed in the Llandrindod Voices Choir with students from Ysgol Cefnllys. “A huge shout out to the Llandrindod Voices Choir – Ysgol Trefonnen and Ysgol Cefnllys singing together at Llandrindod Carnival,” Ysgol Trefonnen posted on the school’s Facebook page.

“All the kids have been brilliant and we can’t wait for them to sing together again soon. Da iawn pawb.

Llandrindod Carnival organizers reflected on the successful return of the event, posting: “What an amazing city we live in.

“Following the fabulous carnival on Saturday, the committee would like to thank the following people, companies and organizations for their support both during the day and behind the scenes. Without this generosity of time, goods, financial support and equipment, this carnival would not take place, so thank you all.

County Times: Photos from Llandrindod Carnival 2022

They thanked the Lakeside Boathouse, who hosted the BBQ for free and donated all proceeds to the carnival and other community projects, as well as closing the boathouse for the day to support the event.

They also thanked Penmaenau Events, the Burger Manufacturing Company, Tim East, Huws Grey, Masco, Marches, Hodges, Jayne Griffiths, Bon Marche, Bob Knill, Andy Hyde, K&S Toilet Hire, PowerPrint, Peter Baker, PJ Martin, Ray Green Tpt, Mervyn Thomas Tpt, Huw Thomas Tpt, AW Jenkinson, Toms Mowers, Tesco, Llandrindod Town Council, Powys County Council, Tim Gittoes, Derek Gibbons, Wye Valley Ax Men, the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Fire Station, St Johns Ambulance and The Pavillion.

(Photos by Michelle Wilder, First Steps Nursery and Fay Jones)

Richard F. Gandhi