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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Children cheer Queen on tour
Thousands of children turned out at Dolau
Thousands of children greeted the Queen at Dolau
Thousands of school children have greeted the Queen and Prince Phillip on the second day of the Golden Jubilee tour of Wales.

First stop for the Royal party on Wednesday morning was Dolau in Powys for a picnic.

She arrived by steam train at the picturesque railway station near Llandrindod Wells and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Queen and whittler
The Queen watches a whittling demonstration

Later, the Queen accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, listened to 2,000 Powys school children singing folk songs before leaving by helicopter for the next stop on her tour, neighbouring Carmarthenshire.

By the time she arrived in the south west, the Queen's schedule was running uncharacteristically late.

Again it was an opportunity for the flag-waving and cheering youngsters to get a glimpse of the Queen on her jubilee tour of the UK.

Five thousand school children from across Carmarthenshire waited patiently for almost three hours, spread along several miles of the coastal path for the Queen to drive past them.

They were not disappointed when she eventually made her lightning visit.

The Queen at Dolau
Her Majesty enjoys the reaction of the crowd in Dolau

Trudy Edwards, aged eight, from Ysgol Ffwrnes in Llanelli, enjoyed the Queen's visit. She said: "It was very good and she looked nice."

The school's head Catherine Lloyd-Jenkins said: "It was a fantastic occasion and great for the kids to be part of history."

Six-year-old Siwan Curran, from Ysgol Maesybont, said: "She looked pretty and very happy.

"She waved at us but I was disappointed she wasn't wearing her crown."

Teacher Pearl Jones said the children had been painting pictures of the Queen all week. She said she thought the children were expecting to see her in her gold carriage.

The Queen, plaque, Dolau
The Queen unveils a commemorative plaque

After opening the new lock and other improvements at Burry Port harbour, the Royal party drove along the cycle path to Llanelli promenade where the Queen officially opened the 27m Millennium Coastal Park.

After lunch, the Royal party was due to visit Carmarthenshire Trade Fair at Llanelli's north dock.

Owain Davies, of Burry Port-based Spencer Davies Engineering, said: "It will be an honour for us but it will be nice for her to meet the real people of Carmarthenshire.

"Her visit will certainly help with marketing the area to a wider audience."


I have served 30 years with the RNLI so it is a proud moment for me

Tom Francis, chairman Burry Port RNLI
The royal party will end the day at the Festival of Youth and Community Service in Margam Park.

At Burry Port, the Queen visited the lifeboat station as part of her tour of the area.

Chairman Tom Francis said it is a great honour for the volunteers in Burry Port and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) itself.

"I have served 30 years with the RNLI so it is a proud moment for me," he said.

On Tuesday, the Queen arrived on Anglesey in the Royal train, pulled by a steam locomotive for the first time in 35 years.

She was cheered by crowds as she carried out a string of engagements across north Wales - including a service at Bangor Cathedral - in the bright sunshine.

The Golden Jubilee tour of Wales moves on to the south Wales valleys and Cardiff on Thursday.

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"The Queen was met by enthusiastic crowds of well-wishers at Dolau"

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