Fans of the website's Facebook page were asked about their memories about shops in Dafen that are no longer around. Many remembered Gwyn Jones' shop opposite the Post office in Maescanner Road. Some remembered it as Brenda's. One poster wrote: "I was an habitué of all three in the 70s (although I didn't use words such as habitué in those days. I've changed).
It was Brenda's in my day, even after she, er, 'left'.
Granville's was a proper shop with sawdust on the floor: it did well to survive for as long as it did, considering it was opposite the Co-op.
Olive's in Gordon Road was the shop of choice in the summer because of its fine line of jublees: nobody else seemed to do them at the top end of the village (I think Brenda's did, but they seemed a bit more hit-and-miss in their jublee-stocking policy)."
Others contributed: " Protheros in Harvard rd where you could buy a fag for 10p and you got one match to light it with lol"; "Olive's at the end of Gordon Rd! 2p home made ice lollies!!; "Mays in new road!!!!!1 p worth of sherbet"; and " I remember a shop off Havard Road and there was a big rusty boat by it, bunked up there lunchtimes from Bryngwyn in the mid 80's. We'd buy a small loaf, scope the inside out and fill it with Monster Munch. we were a healthy bunch."
This souvenir programme certainly sparked interest when the picture was posted on Dafen Village Website's Facebook page. But the inevitable question was "who is the woman pictured?"
Many joked that she was a game show assistant or soap opera star.
But Debbie James (nee Marsh) had the answer: "Oh my word.... I most definitely know who she is it's my Mam. I was 8 when she won Dafen cover girl and I remember that she wouldn't admit her age (28) because she was competing against 18 year olds. Haha. Her name at the time was Diane Marsh (formerly Davies and later Miles). My Mam was a very social and bubbly person and she worked for many years in the gas showrooms in town centre. People may remember her from there. We have connections with Dafen as Jeff Jones, England cricketer, is my Mam's first cousin. I have the original of this photograph but unfortunately not a copy of the carnival programme. My Mam passed away in January 2006, she had cancer and was just 61. Her sister Marilyn Rosser is on Facebook. I hope people find this of interest and thanks for posting a lovely memory of my beautiful Mam."
Marilyn Rosser wrote: "This lovely lady is my late sister, Diane. Dafen held a carnival day every year and we always went. This particular year, we persuaded Diane to enter the Carnival Queen competition and she came first. We also used to go to Burry Port carnival annually and she became the carnival queen there as well. We all miss her so much. xx
The two and a half mile long St David's railway running through Dafen was opened in 1833 and was closed in 1963. Read about its history at Llanelli Community Heritage Website (History Files).
Dafen History Overview