Sunday, June 16

Festival to bring out the dragon in Port Talbot

The Met Office is forecasting sunshine for the cultural festival of food and entertainment set to take over Station Road, Forge Road and Aberafan Shopping Centre tomorrow.

The Senses of the Dragon Festival will be NSA Afan’s second Big Lottery funded event and will include family friendly entertainment, food stalls, local craft and vintage stalls and a fun fair. Local shops are also getting in on the action, and any shops displaying the Port Talbot Pound logo in their windows will be running special offers for the day.

The first event – the Christmas Village – suffered from a low turnout due to bad weather. The team said they are delighted good weather is forecast, but say the festival will go ahead whatever the weather, as much of it will be under cover.

“The festival is about bringing everybody together for a day of fun, food and entertainment, a feast of the senses,” said Liz Haines-Williams, who is part of the NSA Afan Coast team which organises the events. “There will be Welsh acts including a marching band, finalists from the Welsh Factor, two male voice choirs and children performing Welsh clog dancing. There will also be African drumming, a fire show, and two multi-cultural dance groups.”

There will also be a vintage hair stylist, vintage clothing and a vintage furniture stall, and henna tattoos.

“This is about everybody getting together at a particularly hard time for the town. It doesn’t matter who you are, we are all getting together as one community to celebrate the best of Port Talbot and our town.”

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