South West Wales

Port Talbot's Margam Abbey's animal church service

Father Edward Owen meets Barney the Shetland pony
Image caption Father Edward Owen meets Barney the Shetland pony

Animals of all sizes have been in their Sunday best for a pet-friendly church service in Port Talbot.

Margam Abbey in Port Talbot opened its doors to all animals on Sunday for its annual thanksgiving service.

The 30-year-old tradition has seen everything from horses to goslings join the congregation.

"All animals are welcome from dogs, cats, hamsters and rabbits to ponies - there is plenty of room," said Father Edward Owen.

'Like Noah's Ark'

"The annual pet service is very popular and has been running here for more than 30 years - in fact I remember going to it as a child myself."

Father Owen visited Shetland pony Barney and owner Alison Thomas before for the service.

Ms Thomas, from Grugwyllt Fawr Farm, Margam, said: "The pet service is really good fun - it's like Noah's Ark inside the Abbey."

The service took place at 15:30 BST.

Image caption Father Edward Owen and Alison Thomas

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