Hearty fun as pirate-themed Porthcawl Sea Festival declared a success

This year’s Porthcawl Sea Festival has been declared a success after the sun and the crowds came out to enjoy fun on the seafront.

With much of the children’s entertainment provided for free, the Porthcawl Town Council, Bridgend County Borough Council and Porthcawl Chamber of Trade event proved popular with day trippers and holiday makers.

“There were people there from all over Wales,” said Les Tallon-Morris, president of the town’s chamber of trade.

“I spoke to people from Swansea and Cardiff who made a point of coming down because they came last year and had a good time.”

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Ahoy! Young pirates sailing along the seafront

“There was lots of organisation beforehand. Sarah Watkins, Porthcawl’s assistant town clerk, Rhiannon Kingsley, from BCBC, and myself met up every two weeks for the last four months. The town centre partnership also put in cash.

“We tried to make sure there were lots of things for the kids to do and make sure a lot of it was free.

“We also had a man there from the gold panning society of Great Britain and the kids were panning for real gold.”

Jackie Barnes
Kite flying on the ‘concrete beach’

Les said another event would be organised for next year and planning would now start on the town’s Christmas festivities.

“The day went really well and it was nice to see the sun out!” he added.

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