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Council set to support Aber CycleFest

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FOLLOWING a Cabinet meeting on March 14, the Council has decided to support a new format for Aber CycleFest this May, after the 2017 Pearl Izumi Tour Series stage was cancelled, which was due to be held in Aberystwyth.

Ceredigion County Council will now support organisers Aberystwyth CycleFest with the previously successful format, adding a new race which will replace the previous Tour Series race as the final event of the evening.

Sweetspot, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series organiser, informed the Council on Wednesday (Mar 1), that the event would not go ahead this year in Aberystwyth. This was due to several logistical changes being made to the series, resulting in a Welsh leg not being possible this year.

The Tour Series criterium race was the flagship event of AberCycleFest week. The 2016 event attracted 5,000 visitors to the Aberystwyth area contributing almost £300,000 into the local economy.

Ann Eleri Jones, Ceredigion County Council’s Tourism and Marketing Manager, said: “The Council is delighted to be associated with the new ‘Ceredigion Grand Prix’. It’s a fantastic alternative event and it’s great news for Ceredigion’s cycling enthusiasts who won’t miss out on an opportunity to watch professional and top amateur riders compete in Aberystwyth again this year.

“The Ceredigion Grand Prix and the other Aberystwyth CycleFest events will all contribute to ensuring that Ceredigion is recognised as an important regional and national centre for cycling activity.”

The event will host no less than 15 races between 1.30pm and 9pm on Friday, May 26. The popular children’s races form a major part of the day’s activities, open to any child living in Ceredigion.

More information about registering will be sent to all Ceredigion schools shortly. Other races will include the a fancy dress challenge, a beginner adult race, a new Cat 3/4 race for those wishing to move to the next level, and finally the Elite Women’s and Men’s races at the end of the evening.

Registration is now open and anyone wishing to register should do so via the online system at www.abercyclefest.com, which is fully insured and regulated by British Cycling.

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig

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ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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