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Carmarthenshire tourism booms

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Carmarthenshire County Council believes recent international events, such as the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour, and hit TV shows like BBC drama Keeping Faith – filmed in Carmarthenshire – have helped draw in the crowds.

New independent STEAM figures, put together for Carmarthenshire County Council, have revealed that during 2018, 3.28million people visited Carmarthenshire and a million people stayed overnight.

The tourism industry now supports more than 6,000 jobs in the local area.

The council’s Marketing and Media team has worked with local tourism and hospitality providers, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, tourist attractions, activity providers, restaurants, pubs, businesses and retailers, to provide the perfect welcome for guests and encourage them to return.

They have also been busy promoting the Discover Carmarthenshire website and This Is Carmarthenshire brand across the UK, Europe and further afield.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Carmarthenshire’s profile as a world-class visitor destination continues to grow, with coverage from our major events, such as the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour, and the hugely popular Keeping Faith TV drama, providing the kind of marketing that money can’t buy.

“There is a huge amount of work underway to ensure we build on this momentum – our teams are working hard with partners and businesses to constantly improve what we have to offer and keep people coming back for more.”

He added: “Our investment in facilities such the National closed Road Circuit, and caravan and camping facilities at Pembrey Country Park, as well as ongoing support of major tourist attractions such as the National Botanic Garden of Wales, is reaping its rewards.

“Further investment is in the pipeline, including the regeneration of Pendine’s waterfront with a Sands of Speed Museum and eco-hostel, which is well underway.

“Carmarthenshire has a lot to shout about, and plenty to offer. We look forward to welcoming more and more people to our beautiful county.”
Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, added: “We cannot underestimate the value of tourism to our local economy. It provides much-needed jobs for local people and helps keep businesses thriving. With more people visiting, we hope that they will help us spread the word, and return themselves time and time again.”

For information, visit www.discovercarmarthenshire.com

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Zoe Evans, Llanelli painter and decorator, is British Apprentice of the Year

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Zoe Evans, a 21 year old painter and decorator from Llanelli, has been named the GB Apprentice of the Year and Welsh Apprentice of the Year at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Apprenticeship Awards.


The CITB Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK for their commitment and dedication to construction.


The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny. The ceremony took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London (7 November).


Zoe completed a level 2 apprenticeship in painting and decorating, to go onto achieve her Advanced level 3. With her artistic flair, Zoe enjoys the creative aspects of her trade and plans to take a career route in interior design. Zoe’s amazing commitment to being the best she can, has attributed to her becoming an ambassador for women in construction and being the face of the posters across her college, Coleg Sir Gar.


Zoe said: “I’ve loved every single part of my apprentice journey, from the classroom learning to the practical application and the more creative aspects of the job. I want to thank my mentor, Ken MacKay and my employer Ian Williams Ltd. It’s a really good feeling to know that I’ve been
recognised in this way. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone willing to work hard, have goals and go full out to achieve them.”

Jon Davies, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said: “When Zoe started her apprenticeship we saw her potential so we fast tracked her from level 1 to level 2. It was important for me to make sure she had the right support to reach the heights she is capable of, and she is doing just that. Zoe makes work a brighter place for everyone around her. Her positive attitude and ability makes her a perfect ambassador for women in construction, and I am really pleased this has been recognised with her award.”

Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “Congratulations to Zoe, a clearly dedicated apprentice – it’s great to recognise her hard work. Apprenticeships provide a fast track route into the construction industry. With so many rewarding careers opportunities in construction there is something out there for everyone. I wish Zoe all the best in her career in construction.”

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Police difuse hostage situation in Cae Glas

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AT APPROXIMATELY 10.10pm on Wednesday (Nov 6) police were requested to attend at a property in Cae Glas, Felinfoel, in respect of threats being made by a man within the property to harm himself and a woman inside with a knife.

Officers were deployed immediately, and to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene firearms officers were also deployed.

Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said: “A specialist negotiator worked with the man for a number of hours, bringing the incident to a close at about 1.45am this morning, when the man surrendered himself and was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

“A woman at the scene was also arrested for obstructing police officers. No injuries have been reported.

“There is no threat or danger to anyone outside of the property in the area, and we can reassure residents that there is no need to be concerned as this was an isolated incident.”

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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigns over rape trial sabotage

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WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has resigned over claims he knew about a former aide’s role in the “sabotage” of a rape trial. He had denied knowing Tory assembly candidate Ross England made claims about the victim’s sexual history in an April 2018 trial.

The Conservative Vale of Glamorgan MP said he only became aware of Mr England’s role in the trial’s collapse when the story broke last week.
BBC Wales discovered Mr Cairns was emailed about it in August 2018, which was four months before Mr England was chosen as Vale of Glamorgan candidate.

Paul Davies AM told The Herald: “I am sorry to see Alun resign today as the Secretary of State for Wales however, under the circumstances this was the right decision for him. Alun has rightly stated that he will cooperate fully with any investigations.

“I would like to thank Alun for his service to Wales as our Secretary of State where he brought an end to the Severn Bridge tolls which will leave a lasting legacy on the Welsh economy.”

Mr Cairns had been a cabinet member since being appointed in 2016. Mr Cairns intends to run as a candidate in the general election, the Herald understands.

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