Our Locmine friends arrived in Pontardawe about 6 pm on Saturday evening amid a typical welsh downpour which featured strongly throughout the visit. Our friends were introduced to their host families and were spirited away for a lovely evening meal and rest after their long but comfortable journey. On Sunday, those brave enough to venture out in the rain, went down to the Wales’ National Airshow in Swansea Bay. Some families planned their own activities with walks, kayaking, Roller Derby and shopping on the cards. There was much to see and do in the Airshow, with many intersting stalls and displays of military equipment to climb on and explore. However there was a distinct lack of aerial activity due to the poor weather! Not being beaten by this turn of events, the children put on a fantastic paper airplane show following the group picnic which was kindly hosted by Swansea University
The soiree was held later that evening in the Glynclydach Coach House, with live blue grass music with a few guest appearances. It was a brilliant event with over 110 people celebrating everything Celtic and enjoying the great company. It was lovely to see the large group of children and teenagers playing, singing and socialising together in the true spirit of twinning friendship. On Monday, after a minor hiccup and quick dash by Martin, we visited the beautiful Castell Coch. It was great to explore immaculately preserved castle and climb the spiral staircases. A quick journey to the centre of Cardiff for a late lunch and a spot of shopping and back home for a meal and an evening of fun with our friends.
Tuesday, with yet more rain, we cancelled our walk around Pontardawe with a tour by the historical society, opting instead with a small talk and film in the arts centre, with delicious home made welsh cakes and cream teas from the cafe. Our friends then got on their bus and left Pontardawe at about 2 pm amid another great downpour!
It was a very successful visit and a big thank you to the host families and committee members for all your hard work. Our friends thoroughly enjoyed their time with us and are looking forward to hosting us in the future.