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Llanelli the largest town in the county of Carmarthenshire, Wales, sits on the Loughor estuary on the West Wales coast, approximately west-north-west of Swansea and south-east of the county town, Carmarthen. The town is famous for its proud rugby football tradition and is a centre of tinplate production.Paxton, J. (1999) The Penguin Encyclopedia of Places. 3rd edition. London: Penguin. In the mid 20th century, Llanelli was the largest town in the world where more than half the population spoke a Celtic language.
Llanelli is also surrounded by a number of villages and communities in the Llanelli Rural district. Some of these communities, more notably those that immediately surround the town, are often unofficially referred to as Llanelli.