Members of Llanelli Community Heritage decided on the spur of the moment to light the beacon when we realised that Llanelli's Trafalgar Beacon was not going to be used for the event of the century. We believe that this beacon is the only permanent beacon in Wales.
The Trafalgar Beacon was raised in 2005 for the bicentennial celebrations of the Battle of Trafalgar by Lt Col D. Matthias of The Royal Naval Association, Llanelli Branch and members of Llanelli Community Heritage.
We approached Mr Rory Dickinson of the Millennium Coastal Path and asked if we could light the beacon. He was more than enthusiastic and ensured we had all the necessary health and safety precautions in place.
In a matter of days the members of Llanelli Community Heritage had prepared the beacon for gas and dressed the beacon with bunting. We informed our membership and posted details on our website, Facebook and Twitter as well as on our display panels in the St Elli Shopping Centre.
We were very pleased to see over a hundred people attend the event [04 June 2012] and everyone was very appreciative of what we had achieved. We would like to thank them all for coming along and supporting the event.
I would like to thank Lyn John, Vice-Chairman LCH; Steve Hughes and his men (Cosi Home); Paul Brookfield (The Met Bar); Barry Lewis (Barry Lewis the market); Robert Ephgrave, Webmaster LCH; Hugh Lewis, Treasurer LCH and other members of the LCH Committee.
Llanelli Community Heritage would like to give a special thanks to Mr Rory Dickinson of the Millennium Coastal Path and Jinks the MCP ranger for all their help