Carmarthenshire: Teen flies almost 4,000 miles to watch solar eclipse

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Image source, Catherine Edwards


Llewellyn, Evan and their mother Cathrin waiting for the solar eclipse on April 8

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

The teenager and his family flew 3,967 miles (6,384.37 km) from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire to Evansville, Indiana, in the United States, to celebrate his 17th birthday.

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

Evan said the experience had been “extraordinary.”

Image source, Catherine Edwards


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

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

It is a cosmic event that requires the sun, moon and Earth to be in the correct alignment for the moon to cast a shadow on our planet.

Evan said: “A year ago I discovered on the Internet that there was a solar eclipse on my birthday in the city that bears my name, Evansville, in the United States, and I thought it was such a coincidence that it couldn’t happen to anyone.

“So, ironically, I forgot about it for a year and then in January I suddenly woke up in the middle of the night and thought ‘God, I have to write this’ and that’s why I’ve been nagging. [mum] during the last couple of weeks.

“I was surprised to see that we had actually come,” he said.

His mother, Cathrin Edwards, said: “After a pretty difficult time over the last year, we thought it would be a great adventure to come to a place like Evansville on this day.”

Image source, Catherine Edwards


Evan said he had become 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 contacted them after he went to pick up his glasses to view the eclipse.

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

Ms Evans said: “Listening to the journalists trying to say words in Welsh was great fun watching them try.

“I think they went back to not saying place names in Welsh or not saying names in Welsh which were quite difficult.”

Additional reporting by Iolo Cheung.

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