Epiphany celebration a piece of cake for Llangennith’s latest royal

Villagers in Llangennith, Gower crowded in to their local church St Cenydd’s on Sunday (January 6) to celebrate the last day of Christmas in style.

The ancient tradition of the ‘Twelfth Night Cake’ was revived for the day. This tradition, still practised in France and known as Galette des Rois involves baking a cake to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men on the 12th day of Christmas – a day that is known throughout the world as Epiphany.

A token is hidden inside the cake and whoever finds the token is crowned king or queen for the forthcoming year. This year’s royal personage in Llangennith is Gaynor Price – seated in the photograph with her crown and surrounded by her subjects.

In recent months the village of Llangennith has embraced a monthly non-eucharistic rite which the local PCC have designated The Village Service. Associate Priest in the Gower Ministry Area, Glyn Austin said: “The Village Service has really caught the imagination of the local community and numbers at the Epiphany service were five times the number who normally attend a Sunday Eucharist in the winter at St Cenydd’s.”