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The French invade Kidwelly again

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THE LLANELLI Ramblers walking group have a close friendship with walkers from Agen in south-west France (Llanelli’s twin town) and have arranged walking holidays in Wales and France every two years since 2005.


This year it was Llanelli’s turn to host and a full programme of events was planned, including a weekend in North Wales, Cresswell Quay, Burry Port and Kidwelly.


This was the one Alwyn Williams, Chairman of Llanelli Ramblers and I were leading.


It was a wonderful day in Kidwelly on Tuesday, leading the 26 visitors from Agen on a 3-mile walk around Kidwelly showing them some of the highlights of our town. We began in Ysgol y Castell, where we had a wonderful welcome and were treated to a fantastic concert, prepared by Mrs Gwen Pearce of pupils from the Foundation phase singing a variety of Welsh songs. This was followed by a Dawns Gwerin group from Key Stage 2. Lloyd Edwards a musically gifted 5-year-old pupil stunned the visitors with his mastery of the violin. He played a medley of Welsh airs accompanied on the piano by his mum and Lola King gave a lovely solo singing performance.


The visitors were then treated to refreshments including Welsh cakes made by the children.


The group were then taken to the Quay where they were greeted by Cllr Crish Davies, Mayor of Kidwelly who welcomed them to the town and wished them a pleasant walk.


It was raining when we led them along Kymer’s Canal, but soon the sun came out and we were blessed with dry weather after the torrential rain.


We came back to the Quay along the bank of the Gwendraeth Fawr River. Here the ornithologists among them enjoyed some bird spotting.


A lovely surprise awaited us at the quay. Mrs Anne Gilley, representing our local Coop, had set up a table brimming with Welsh produce for the visitors to enjoy: Welsh cakes, bara brith, cheeses, waffles.


After enjoying the hospitality, Ann then showed the Agenese Kidwelly’s latest attraction…the Sensory Garden.


Next stop was beautiful St Mary’s Church where the Harvest display was seen. Then along the main street next to one of the best preserved Norman castles in Wales and around the memorial to Gwenllian, we sang Hen Fenyw Fach Cydweli with the French lustily joining in the Ffalala chorus and then on cue Hen Fenyw Fach Cydweli herself aka Mrs Peggy Davies appeared. The visitors were delighted.

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Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

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POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

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

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Abandoned property fire in Burry Port probed

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POLICE are investigating a fire at an abandoned property in Burry Port.

A call was made at around 1.20am today (Tuesday, November 19) reporting that a detached house in Graig was well alight.

The house is not lived in, and has sustained substantial fire damage.

There were no witnesses to indicate who has started the fire, but two people were seen running away from the scene.

Due to the temperature inside the building remaining high today, it has been unsafe for investigators to enter the building.

Anyone with information, or who saw a person or people acting suspiciously in the area between 12.30am and 1.30am is urged to contact the joint investigation unit at Llanelli Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

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

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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre

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A 65-YEAR-OLD man has collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. He was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.

The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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