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Carmarthenshire: Teen flies almost 4,000 miles for solar eclipse

Image source, Catherine Edwards


Llewellyn, Evan and mom Cathrin await the solar eclipse on April 8

  • Author, Rowenna Hoskin
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When Evan John Griffiths came across an article about a solar eclipse occurring on his birthday in a town named after him, he thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The teenager and his family traveled 3,967 miles (6,384.37 km) from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, to Evansville, Indiana, US, for his 17th birthday.

He was interviewed by American journalists and said he had become something of a “local celebrity”.

Evan said the experience was “amazing”.

Image source, Catherine Edwards


Evan John Griffiths and his brother Llewellyn flew with their mother to watch the solar eclipse in Indiana, USA.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between Earth and the sun, blocking some or all of the sun’s rays from reaching Earth.

This is a cosmic event that requires the Sun, Moon and Earth to be perfectly aligned for the Moon to cast a shadow on our planet.

Evan said: “A year ago I found out on the internet that there was a solar eclipse on my birthday in the town that bears my name, Evansville, America, and I thought it It was such a coincidence that it couldn’t have happened to anyone.

“So I forgot about it for a year, ironically, and then in January I suddenly woke up in the middle of the night and thought ‘God, I have to write this down’ and so I pestered (mom) for the last two years. of weeks.

“I was amazed that we actually came,” he said.

His mother, Cathrin Edwards, said, “After a pretty tough time last year, we thought it would be a major adventure to come somewhere like Evansville that day.”

Image source, Catherine Edwards


Evan said he became a “local celebrity” after appearing on the news in Indiana.

The family also made headlines in Indiana with 14 News publishing a story about their experience.

Evan said they were contacted after going to collect their glasses to view the eclipse.

“I’ve been recognized many times now, I’m a local celebrity,” he said. “It’s probably the most interesting thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Ms Evans said: “Hearing the journalists trying to pronounce Welsh words was quite amusing to watch them try.

“I think they gave up on either not pronouncing Welsh place names or not pronouncing Welsh names, which was quite difficult.”

Additional reporting by Iolo Cheung.

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