Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Songs of Praise rings out from Burry Port

Ten churches and chapels across Pembrey and Burry Port are coming together to perform a Songs of Praise under canvass at Burry Port Harbour.

Up to 200 voices will perform a selection of hymns from 3pm on Sunday (Aug 30th). But there will not be an Aled Jones or a Jonathan Edwards presenting this time.

County councillor Pat Jones who is a life-long faithful St Mary’s Church member at Burry Port said there is no reason why the popular hymns festival at the seaside town should not attract the TV show that has been a Sunday favourite for 45 years.

She said: “We have run a few of these events at the harbour and they have been hugely popular attracting crowds of onlookers who have joined in the massed gathering from churches and chapels about the community.

“There have been lots of requests for a repeat of the Songs of Praise we put on two years ago and Carmarthenshire County Council is sponsoring the event with Joint Venture funding with a marquee.

“Hymn sheets and extra seats will be provided for all those who want to join in on the fields fringing the harbour opposite Sea View Terrace.

“The hymns being sung are popular choices of Burry Port Town Band, Burry Port Male Voice Choir, Shoreline Caravan Park and all churches and chapels between St Mary’s in Burry Port and St Illtyd’s Parish Church Pembrey.”
The event was initiated by Cllr Jones several years ago when a festival to celebrate Amelia Earhart’s association with the harbour town had space in one of the marquees on a Sunday.

“People enjoyed it so much there have been requests to make it an annual event.”


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