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Success for Cardigan’s first St. David’s Day parade

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With an enormous red dragon leading the way, hundreds of people paraded along Cardigan’s High Street in the town’s first colourful St. David’s Day Parade on Friday, 1 March. The parade was organised by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion, to celebrate our national identity and the Welsh language in Cardigan.

The parade started at the Guildhall at 1 p.m. before moving along the High Street towards Cardigan Castle. The parade was led by Small World Theatre’s spectacular red dragon which moved its wings and entertained the crowds along the route. Hundreds of children and adults followed by carrying Welsh flags, many of them dressed in traditional Welsh costumes. There was also an appearance by a huge puppet of the local mythical creature ‘Y Wiber’!

Having arrived at the castle, a short ceremony was held to mark the occasion. Jac Davies, Director of Cardigan Castle, welcomed the masses and musical entertainment was provided by children from two of the local primary schools, Ysgol Gymunedol Penparc and Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi. Ben Lake MP and the town mayor, Councillor John Adams-Lewis, also addressed the crowd. Proceedings were brought to a close with a prayer offered by the Reverend Irfon Roberts and a rendition of the national anthem.

Cered’s Manager, Non Davies said, “Cardigan’s first St David’s Day parade was an enormous success – it was wonderful to see so many people of all ages- children, young people and families all joining together to celebrate their Welsh identity. The enthusiasm was overwhelming and we are grateful to everyone for their support. Although this was the first parade of its kind in Cardigan, judging by the response I’m certain it won’t be the last!”

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Spate of overnight burglaries in Clarach, Bow Street and Ponterwyd

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POLICE are investigating a spate of burglaries overnight in Clarach, Bow Street and Ponterwyd.

A number of burglaries have been reported, with entry forced to businesses and CCTV cameras damaged or removed.

In Bow Street, entry was forced into an agricultural merchants, where items were taken; and CCTV was removed from a business.

Two vehicles – a VW Passat – registration plate CU16 OAL – and an Audi – registration YT09 TWL – were also reported stolen from a garage in the village.

A VW Crafter – registration plate GM16OTP, along with tools and equipment were stolen from a business in Ponterwyd.

Four businesses at Nantallan Business Park were targeted:

Bikes and steamers were reported stolen from one, a generator and two boxes containing LED lighting from another, a Mitsubishi L200 flatbed truck taken from the third, and tools stolen from a fourth.

Police are treating the incidents as linked, and would like to speak to anyone with information or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Clarach and Bow Street areas.

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Police confirm Ellie Bryan, 18, died in collision

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm the woman who tragically died following a collision at Commins Coch was Ellie Bryan, from Aberystwyth.
The 18-year-old was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which was involved in a collision at around 10pm on Saturday, November 16.
Her family has released the following statement: “We are distraught by our loss of Ellie. She will be missed by us all.
“Ellie was a loving daughter, sister and granddaughter.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this devastating time.
“We would appreciate having time to grieve in privacy.”
Police continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information about the collision to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.
You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353.

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18-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

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POLICE have said they have arrested a driver in connection with a fatal collision which took place at Commins Coch on Saturday (Nov 16).

An 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The collision occurred on the A487 at around 10pm, and involved two vehicles.

Enquiries have revealed the involvement of a third car and yesterday the driver of this vehicle was arrested.

An 18-year-old woman – a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra – sadly died from injuries sustained in the incident. Her family is being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the Astra remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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