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Thursday, 12 August 2010 10:44

Llanelli is famous for 

  • The Stepney Spare Motor Wheel – designed by Walter Davies, production was started on it in 1904. The wheel consisted of a rim with an inflated tyre, which could be temporarily attached to a punctured car wheel. The name followed from the marker's location, Stepney Street in Llanelli. It was a huge success. These wheels were exported all over the world and a factory was established to produce 2000 wheels a month.
  • The first Welsh medium primary school, Ysgol Dewi Sant was established in Llanelli in 1947 by the Local Authority.
  • Llanelli has hosted the National Eisteddfod five times: in 1895, 1903, 1930, 1962, and 2000
  • Ernest Brian Trubshaw, MVO, CBE, OBE (January 29, 1924 - 25 March 2001) was a notable test pilot, and the first British pilot to fly Concorde, in April 1969. He was born in 1924 at Llanelli in Wales and educated at Winchester College.
  • Huw Edwards was born in Bridgend, Wales and from the age of four was brought up in Llangennech.  He went to Llanelli Boys' Grammar School, as did Michael Howard. He graduated with a first class honours degree in French from University College, Cardiff. His father is the noted Welsh author and academic Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards, who is Research Professor of Welsh Literature at the University of Swansea. His mother taught at Llanelli's Ysgol Gyfun y Strade for 30 years.
  • Llanelli is home to Tinopolis, one of the UK’s largest independent media producers. The company has many subsidiaries, which produce over 2,500 hours of broadcast television, including English language television programs such as Question Time for the BBC and Welsh language television programs such as Wedi 7 for S4C.
  • In the United Kingdom Census 2001 the population of both the town of Llanelli and Llanelli rural was recorded as 44,475.
  • People from Llanelli are sometimes nicknamed "Turks". The origin of this name is uncertain. One theory is that many Turkish sailors once called at the port of Llanelli during their voyages.
  • It is also recorded that almost 47% of the population have a combination of skills in the Welsh language.   However, according to the 2001 census, only 29.69% of the population of Llanelli town are able to speak Welsh.
  • During the 1950s, Trefor and Eileen Beasley campaigned to get Llanelli Rural Council to distribute tax papers in Welsh by refusing to pay taxes until their demand was met. The council reacted by sending in the bailiffs and selling their furniture to recover the money owed. Fortunately, their neighbours bought the furniture and returned it to them. The council finally reversed this policy during the 1960s when they accepted that the Welsh language should be equal with the English language.
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