A FUNDRAISING fete will return to the Amman Valley for the first time in more than 80 years this weekend.

The Amman Valley Hospital Action Committee, along with the Amman Valley League of Friends, are holding a hospital fete in Cwmaman Park on Saturday.

It will be the first fete of its kind since the 1930s.

Councillor Kevin Madge, chair of the Amman Valley Hospital Action Committee, said: "There will be something at the fete for everyone.

"It is an event for the whole valley in the same way as the hospital is for the entire valley.

"We have got a fayre, entertainment, games, performances from some choirs.

"It is something for all ages."

The event will see the return of the hospital fete to the valley for the first time since the 1930s, when it begun as a way to fundraise for the building of the hospital in the first place.

Cllr Madge added: "When the fete started it was a way for the community to show the desire for the hospital, and to raise the funds needed to get one built.

"We are still raising money, along with the Amman Valley League of Friends, for the X-Ray machine, and are still pushing the hospital trust to try and get something sorted.

"We have raised nearly £70,000 so far for it, and want to make sure it gets done."

Raffle tickets are also being sold ahead of the event on Saturday to raise money for the hospital.

It will run from 12pm to 5pm in Cwmaman Park.

The fete comes in the week members of the Hywel Dda University Health Board trust came to the valley for talks about the future of Amman Valley Hospital at Garnant Golf Club on Tuesday.

There was a large show of support for the hospital last summer, when proposals were put forward by the health board which would have seen beds removed from the hospital.

Hundreds took to the streets to march against the plans, and the action committee was set up to try and protect the hospital's beds.

Cllr Madge said: "It is a year on from our first demonstration march now.

"The trust have pulled back on what they were initially proposing, but have been working on other plans behind the scenes.

"We, as Amman Valley Hospital Action Committee, are still fighting for the hospital. We want more services, not less."