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      13.01.2001 04:10
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      With a population of about 1880 people most people would actually class it as a village, but here in the sticks of Wales we actually class it as a town. To be more precise, it is a market town at the foot of the Cambrian mountains in south-west Wales. It lies in the county of Carmarthenshire. Llandovery is in a rural area where agriculture is the main life blood of the town. Without it there wouldn't be a town (I wish Tony Blair would visit just to see the devastating effect his ignorance of agriculture is having on the town). Situated on the A40, the main route into West Wales it was once a thriving town, with well over 20 pubs. For a population of just under 2,000 that's not bad-just think about it! Now, (unfortunately) this has decreased to just 11. Of all the pubs in the town I would a recommend a visit to the Red Lion (mentioned in the good pub guide), a unique pub and I doubt you would ever come across anything like it again in your life. If you go there you'll see what I mean! But, there is more to Llandovery than just pubs-there's rugby. Llandovery are actually in the second division to the WRU league, an achievement which belies its size. It is a must if you happen to be in the area on Saturday to watch a game and soak in the atmosphere. Outside of the town is beautiful, unspoilt countryside with rolling hills. Llandovery is bounded by 3 rivers the Bran, Gwydderig and Tywi. If you were to follow the Tywi 11 miles upstream to its source you will come across Lake Brianne (The largest man made lake at its time of construction in 1976). It was also one of the last strongholds of the Red Kite before it was successfully reintroduced into other parts of the UK. Among other unique things in the town are the annual town criers championship and there is even a 9 hole golf course. now that merits a visit if ever you needed one. but seriously, it is a world away from modern hectic life a beautif
      ul place to unwind.

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