Day 9, Part 2. Later that evening – Llanelli Wetherspoons and Tin


Having settled in at The Travelodge, I went for a meal. I went round to the Hungry Horse again to try their excellent curry. At first I had thought this was the cause of my food poisoning and when I looked at the menu the mind rebelled so, instead, I carried on to The York Palace, a Wetherspoons, the only other place that seemed to be open. Went through the doors, up some steps, and was brought to a halt as there was much visible of the original flamboyant decor of The York Palace Cinema that it used to be. I tried to take photos but the spot lighting was so directed as to make this very difficult and I could not do it justice. You can see the photo above but, for more photos and information on the history, please go to this link:

I had a chat with some senior locals and they said that Wetherspoons had rescued the Palace and everything else in that area had eventually been flattened, including the ‘What Not’, a large pub opposite which had been their previous local.

Now that I was further west, Welsh was more prominent than English on the written material and it was only by following a bloke that I was able to learn that in future I should use the door marked Dynion if I wanted to use the Gents.

I asked a customer the question that had intrigued me last time coming into the town when I had seen from my bike a clean, neat set of factory buildings which were marked on the OS Map as steel works and which still looked in use. His reply was enthusiastic and he told me they were tin works and had always been so and Llanelli was often referred to as Tin Town. When the last depression struck, across the world people started buying cheap food in tins so the factories kept going while other steel works were failing.

Later I came across a statue “Dedicated to the many generations of men and women, who worked in the tinplate industry, forging the proud history of Lllanelli.



Back to Wetherspoons and it was a good for food, as I know from experience how good their sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry can be. There was a special menu of Welsh food which were mostly Welsh variations of standard dishes but I have never heard of Cawl, a Welsh stew.

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