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Holiday Park pledges to pay for fuel for new all-weather lifeboat

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A holiday park in New Quay, Ceredigion has pledged to pay for all the fuel for a new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat in the town. Following the RNLI’s decision to replace New Quay’s all-weather lifeboat with a smaller, less capable inshore lifeboat in 2020, a community-led initiative was founded to challenge the RNLI’s decision, and the family run business is supporting the campaign.

The owners of Pencnwc Holiday Park, Ian and Stella Davies and their sons, Tomas and Daniel, are supporting the Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign in the most extraordinary way by pledging to pay for all the fuel for a new all-weather lifeboat.

Tomas is a member of the lifeboat crew and Daniel is a part time firefighter in New Quay and supporting the local community is important to the family run business.

Tomas said, “When we heard the news that the RNLI would not be replacing our Mersey class all-weather lifeboat we were shocked. Since then we have been thinking of ways in which we can help. We work in the tourism business, it is our livelihood, and it’s important that we have the right emergency services in the area.

“Being on the crew I know that the proposed new inshore lifeboat is a good boat but there are things that it can’t do. To leave a gap of 70 miles between all-weather lifeboats is unthinkable. There will be situations when we will need an all-weather lifeboat and lives could be lost without one.”

His father, Ian added, “We hope that our pledge to pay for the fuel of a new Shannon class lifeboat will help and we hope that the RNLI will change their minds.” Stella continued, “The crew must have the right equipment to do their job and our coastline must have all-weather lifeboat coverage.”

Richard, Chair of the Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign commented, “We would like to thank the Davies family for their exceptionally generous pledge. The RNLI have made it very clear that capital and operating costs were significant considerations in making their decision to downgrade the lifeboat in New Quay. We very much hope that this pledge of financial support, and others like it, will give the RNLI cause to reconsider this ill-judged decision.

“We would also like to thank all the other local businesses for their support, in collecting petition signatures, distributing flyers, and in providing financial contributions to the campaign. Our community is united in its opposition to the RNLI’s plans and we will do everything in our power to reverse the decision to downgrade lifesaving capability in Ceredigion.”

To find out more about the campaign to save New Quay’s all-weather lifeboat, visit www.ceredigionlifeboatcampaign.org.uk.

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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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