CWMAMAN is to get its own Big Day Out – a fortnight before Ammanford’s own event.

Carmarthenshire County Council have announced that the school summer holiday season will launch with a double Big Day Out in Cwmaman on Saturday, June 28 and Ammanford on Saturday, July 12.

Earlier this month a fierce row involving Cwmaman carnival organisers led to the creation of a rival event at Penybont Park on Saturday, July 5.

The row erupted after the local authority said it would only back this year’s event if it was held in Garnant – infuriating the original carnival committee who set up the event on the understanding it would alternate between Garnant and Glanaman.

Now the council are pressing ahead with plans to give Cwmaman its own Big Day Out a fortnight ahead of Ammanford.

A spokesman said: “Both communities will have their own colourful celebrations with all the fun of the fairground, a climbing wall, birds of prey and a host of main arena acts, live music and loads more fun activities.”

The local authority will be teaming up with partners Amman United Rugby Club and Cwmaman Town Council, the Rotary Club of Ammanfod and both Ammanford Rugby and Football Clubs to promote the respective events.

Cwmaman will have a Scarlet’s rugby inflatable challenge while Ammanford will be staging a football festival to get everyone in World Cup mood.

Carmarthenshire County Council Leader Kevin Madge said everyone was working hard to make sure that both occasions would be great fun and live long in the memory.

He said: “We want to hear from anyone who wants to take part or have a stall to help make both big days the best we have ever had,” he said.

“It would be great to have scores of children dressed up for the grand parade in Cwmaman Park.”

Local member Cllr Colin Evans said: “This is an opportunity to get smiles back on faces and let our hair down for a riot of fun on these Big Days Out in the Amman Valley."