The sound of the traditional Salvation army band is one Christmas tradition that thankfully still remains in Llanelli.
There is something very comforting and heart warming about the sound of the band playing Christmas Carols.
One can see the delight on the faces of the Christmas shoppers and business owners alike as the strains of the old favourite carols resound and put a spring in everyone’s step. The Salvation Army is far more than that though. What the charity does in the community of Llanelli is incredible and inspiring.
In a busy world the Salvation Army members who volunteer their time provide hope and reassurance to many vulnerable people in the area and this year they are delighted to welcome a new Captain to the Llanelli branch.
This will be Captain Karen Symonds first Christmas at the helm and she spoke exclusively to Carmarthenshire News about the challenges ahead.
Karen Said: “I am delighted to be here in Llanelli and to meet so many wonderful people, whom we are so grateful to for their generous gifts”
There is no doubting Karen’s passion for the work of the Salvation Army. Her smile and happiness is infectious.
From Monday the 12th of December work begins distributing toys to disadvantaged children in the community as well as numerous other events .
The Salvation Army band will be at Asdas in Llanelli town Centre on the 3rd ,10th and the 17th Dec between 10.30 and 12.30
Morrisons on the 20th and 22nd of December between 6pm and 8pm
On Christmas Eve the band will be in the St Elli Shopping centre between 10am and 1,30 pm
There is a warm welcome for all who wish to attend the services every Sunday at 10.30 and on Christmas day at 10 am
The lonely and isolated people in the community are very much the focal point of the work of the Army and on Christmas day at the hall as always they will be providing Christmas dinner for those who are on their own.
It was a pleasure to visit both the hall and the shop and to learn more about their work in the community please click on the link below to watch the video.