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Llanelli men in world’s biggest pizza competition

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A NEW four-part series will follow two Llanelli men compete in the world’s biggest pizza competition. Bois y Pizza, on S4C, follows Ieuan Harry and Jez Phillips of Ffwrnes Pizza, as they face off against the finest chefs in the world when they compete in Italy, the birthplace of the dish.

Since setting up in 2014, Ffwrnes Pizza has made a name for itself in Wales – dishing up at the wedding of none other than singer Charlotte Church, and also cyclist Geraint Thomas. And now the boys are on their way to Parma, Italy, to compete in the world’s biggest pizza competition, the Campionato Mondiale della Pizza.

Before they get there, they will take the opportunity to learn and taste all the delights Europe has to offer.

They’ll be learning, tasting and experimenting by making original pizzas using traditional ingredients in some of Europe’s most famous places.

S4C viewers can join them on the journey in Smokey Pete – the three-wheeled van that carries the heart and soul of the company, the Pizza Furnace.

Ieuan Harry is one half of Ffwrnes Pizza. Here he tells us more about the journey and the celebrated Pizza Championship.

When asked by S4C about the motive behind their journey, Ieuan said: “The purpose of the journey was to decide upon the finest ingredients for our pizza in the competition. We called in towns and famous restaurants in search of ingredients to use in our pizza. Of course, we had to go to Napoli as well! We met people who are considered ‘masters’ of their craft, famous for the best Neapolitan pizza. We picked up lots of tips and it was fantastic preparation for the competition.”

They went on to ask about any challenges or unexpected problems during the journey or at the competition, with Ieuan replying: “Driving on the Italian roads was the biggest challenge! The Italians are wild drivers; they dart in and out of everywhere. In Napoli, every car had dents and scratches. That was the hardest part because we’re so fond of our little van and we didn’t want it to get dented!”

When describing the competition, Ieuan said: “The competition was a mad place. There were 43 different countries competing – we were so happy to be there and to see so many people preparing all the different pizzas. We were only allowed to create one pizza so everything had to be perfect – from the preparation to the ingredients and from the cooking to the presentation.

“The biggest challenge was to place the pizza in the oven and to take it out again in perfect condition. It’s quite a task when you’re nervous and your hands are shaking. During the competition, the man next to us made a right mess of things. He came from Hungary, and he didn’t even get the chance to serve his pizza to the judges! When placing the pizza on the paddle, he tore the dough, and that was the end of his part in the competition.”

S4C also asked if there any more adventures on the cards for Ffwrnes, with Ieuan saying: “The dream is to someday open a small restaurant, instead of cooking from the van all the time. But, another trip would be nice as well. Maybe we could go to the USA to taste pizza there. There’s so much variety, from Chicago to New England to New York. I think that would be very interesting.”

Bois y Pizza starts Friday, June 22, at 8.25pm on S4C, English subtitles are available.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Successful camping and riding weekends raise £1,400 for lifesaving charity

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MEMBERS from the North Wales branch Trail Riders Fellowship have presented the Wales Air Ambulance with a £1,400 donation following its successful camping and trail riding charity weekends.

The successful fundraiser, which was held for its members near Dolgellau, attracted around 60 members who took part over two weekends.

During both weekends donations were collected from each rider taking part. The riders took to the lanes both north and south of River Mawddach, where they were blessed with lovely weather.

This is not the first time they’ve supported the Wales Air Ambulance. They’ve raised around £3,000 during two previous events.

Reflecting on why the Wales Air Ambulance helicopter charity was chosen to benefit from the event, treasurer for North Wales TRF group, Mike Rowlands said: “We chose the Wales Air Ambulance knowing what a difference it can make when called upon to attend emergencies to all members of the public. It can’t be overstated how important our members see the value of this wonderful charity to the people of Wales.

“The club members are proud to contribute towards keeping the Wales Air Ambulance flying.”

The North Wales branch of the Trail Riders Fellowship promotes responsible trail riding on legal routes around North Wales.

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity emergency service offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care. 

Wales Air Ambulance’s Community Fundraiser Debra Sima was recently presented with the cheque of £1,400 by the North Wales Trail Riders Fellowship members at The Parrot, Drury.

A delighted Debra said: “A huge thank you to all the organisers and riders who took part in the two weekend events. We’re delighted that the North Wales branch of Trail Riders Fellowship has once again decided to support our lifesaving 24/7 charity. In total they’ve raised £4,400 for our Charity during three separate fundraisers, which is amazing. Their continued support will enable us to keep our helicopters in the air and our rapid response vehicles on the road. Thank you so much.”

There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance. These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via www.walesairambulance.com.

Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711.

For more information on Trail Riders Fellowship visit http://trf.org.uk/

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