The International President (IP) of Lions visited Ammanford last week to meet members of the local Lions group and to commemorate a special anniversary.

Gudrun Yngvadottir, of Iceland, was welcomed to the town by members of Ammanford Lions Club, pupils of Ysgol Saron, members of Transport For Wales and Lions District Governors at Ammanford Station on Friday, May 3.

Ammanford Lions Club are adopters of Ammanford and Pantyffynnon Stations and at Ammanford Station, Mrs Yngvadottir viewed their work which includes planting, a mural created by Ysgol Saron school pupils, banners with litter posters produced by local school children, information about bees the Club has adopted with support from Professor Andrea Liggins and insect homes decorated by school children.

She cut the ribbon on a new station bench which commemorates 50 years of Ammanford Lions Club working in the community.

Ammanford Lions Club President Rhian Thomas said: “We feel very honoured that Mrs Yngvadottir, an extremely busy lady, had chosen to visit our little club in Ammanford to see some of our community projects.

“We were delighted that Gudrun was able to help us begin our 50th year celebrations which will continue into next year.

“We’d like to thank Siriol for allowing us to display our posters.”

Geraint Morgan, on behalf of Transport For Wales, added: “Ammanford Lions Club has adopted two stations over the last few years and they have helped massively by tackling the litter issue and they show a great example of volunteering in the community.

“There is set to be even more improvements on the network over the next few years.”

After the station visit, the Lions took Mrs Yngvadottir to see their window display at Siriol in the town’s High Street before visiting Tesco Ammanford to show the IP their Bags of Help appeal for their Message in a Bottle.

The visit finished in Nantlais where Cllr Wendi Mills-Lowe represented Ammanford Town Council as Deputy Mayor and presented the International President with a gift from the town.

In turn the IP presented Ammanford with a gift from Iceland.

Mrs Yngvadottir was in town for the Multiple District Convention of Lions which was held in Swansea.