Pontardawe, Welsh for Bridge on the river Tawe, first came into existence as a settlement at the crossroads of two drovers’ tracks, one from Swansea to Brecon, and the other from Neath to Llandeilo. Its best known landmark today is the tall spire of St Peter’s church which sits on a high point of the valley floor overlooking the Swansea Canal close to the centre of the town. Today the population numbers about 5,000 and the town offers educational, sporting activities, beautiful walks as well as a healthy live music scene.
Locminé is a thriving market town that lies in the centre of Brittany. The population is just under 4,000, and the busy town has plenty of restaurants, bars and a stunning church at the centre. A large number of homes with traditional mediaeval half-timbered façades give Locminé a historical feel when walking through the streets.
It is a delight to both our communities that the spirit of friendship continues, with regular visits and social events. Our shared goal is to promote cultural awareness, educational opportunities and international friendships between our two special towns.