AMMANFORD residents are being asked to help create a visual history of the town by donating photographs that show what the area means to them.

From snaps of carnivals and landmarks to pictures of family picnics in the park, residents are being urged to share their memories for a special installation for Ammanford’s new multi-million pound extra-care housing facility, Ty Dyffryn- the former Gwnfryn Care Home.

Graphic designer Daniel Patterson is creating a historic photography wall at the Family Housing Association’s site and says the donations of people’s favourite photographs of the town, past and present, will offer a special display for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

It follows Daniel’s similar project created at the new Cartref Cynnes extra-care facility at Carmarthen, which has become a popular talking point for residents there and visitors.

The photographs will be on permanent display in the public reception area and it is hoped it will create a unique and personal visual history of the town and its changes over the years.

And as the Ty Dyffryn development will offer not just extra care apartment , but also a range of community facilities open to all including a hairdressers, shop and activities, it will be something shared by the whole town.

Daniel, who is based in Carmarthen, is hoping he’ll be flooded by pictures from people excited to get involved.

“As with the featured wall project at the residential care home in Johnstown, this project is a great opportunity for the local community of Ammanford to have their favourite memories of local places, people and events permanently displayed in the public reception area of the complex.

“The residents, visitors and staff of Cartref Cynnes love their featured wall. It represents fond memories and they can see how Carmarthen changed over a hundreds of years.

“They particular love the fact that the photographs are from local people, it has really boosted community. I very much hope and expect that the same will happen with the people in Ammanford.”

Daniel is seeking a range of different photographs from personal and family favourites to shots of the town and surrounding area throughout the years.

Old pictures will mingle with modern ones and faces and places will add to the unique feel.

Original photographs are preferred and people must be happy to have them on permanent display.

The Guardian will be acting as a drop-of point for donations and photos must be submitted by the end of the first week in March (March 4)

Digital images can be sent direct to

Ty Dyffryn, due to open in March, will offer 50 apartments for single people over 55 or couples with one person over 55.