The Town of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Llanelli Town Hall
Llanelli (English: Church of St. Elli) is an attractive town on the mouth of the River Loughor, home of the famous Scarlets rugby team. Pleasant shopping centre and nearby Millennium Coastal Park. It sits on the Burry estuary on the west Wales coast, approximately 13 miles west of the city of Swansea and 12 miles east of the administrative town of Carmarthen. Llanelli is a fast growing town with large residential, leisure, retail and industrial developments.
Llanelli grew significantly in the 18th and 19th centuries with the mining of coal and later the tinplate industry and steelworks. It became such a significant regional producer of tin that it was referred to as "Tinopolis" by the latter half of the 19th century. The closure of coal mines and competition from overseas steel plants meant that Llanelli, like many other towns in South Wales, saw significant and sustained economic decline from the late 1970s.
Sport in Llanelli
Sport plays a big role in Llanelli, and there is nothing bigger in the town than Rugby. Llanelli is home to Stradey Park, is the famous rugby union ground. It was one of the stadiums used during the 1999 Rugby World Cup, hosting the Argentina v Western Samoa game on October 10, and it is the ground where the Llanelli Scarlets beat New Zealand on 31 October 1972. The Scarlets side emerged 9-3 winners at Stradey Park. The celebrations continued in the town's drinking dens late into the evening and it truly was the day when the pubs ran dry in the town of Llanelli. However, it is not only Rughby Union that plays a role in Llanelli's sporting live, the town is home to many other sports, including:
Rugby League - Llanelli's rugby league club are called the West Wales Sharks and play in the Welsh Conference Premier.
Football - Stebonheath Park is the home of football club Llanelli A.F.C.. Although Llanelli has a rich rugby heritage, football is also a very popular pastime. As a result there are many active local football teams such Trostre Sports AFC, which is one of the area's best local football teams.
Bowls - Llanelli hosts the annual Welsh International Open, which is part of the World Bowls Tour. The event is held at the Selwyn Samuel Centre.
Golf - The Llanelli area has three golf courses, including the Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club, which is and has been the host of the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe since 2005.
Motorsports - The Pembrey Circuit is known as the home of Welsh Motorsport, providing racing for cars, motorcycles, karts and trucks.
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