Llanelli Festival of Light 2015
Hundreds of people have come together to pay a poignant tribute to loved ones touched by cancer in this year's Festival of Light [16 November 2015]
The 16th annual event united more than 850 people in song and prayer in Llanelli town centre this evening. The hugely successful night, at the St Elli Shopping Centre, helps to raise vital funds for the specialist Ty Bryngwyn Hospice, with thousands raised again this year.
During the evening the Reverend David Jones gave a moving tribute to all those families that had been affected by cancer and praised those who had helped to support the annual fundraising event.
He also paid a heartfelt tribute to the 129 people who tragically lost their lives during terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday.
The congregation then held a minute's silence to remember those killed.
Moving musical tributes were performed by Cor Meibion Llanelli, along with rousing choral performances from the celebrated choir.
Cor Curiad also gave beautiful performances of traditional hymns, blended with a stunning rendition of Snow Patrol's emotional anthem Run.
Pupils from Ysgol Ffwrnes also gave heartfelt performances leading to much applause from the crowds.
Readings were given by Star editor Rebecca Davies, councillor Susan Phillips, and a special pre-recorded president's address was given by newsreader Huw Edwards via video.
Then the honour of lighting the memory tree fell to rugby legend Derek Quinnell who thoroughly entertained the crowds before performing the all-important lighting.
As the lights came up both choirs joined together to give an emotional rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone to finish the night.
Article courtesy of Llanelli Star