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​Pianist dies in tragic road accident



THE FAMILY of celebrated musician Jean Hywel Williams have confirmed this afternoon that the pianist died following a tragic road accident in Llanelli Town Centre on Saturday night (May 9).

The accident happened shortly after Jean Hywel and her husband John had completed a successful VE Day concert at St Elli Parish Church.

“As a family, we are shocked and stunned by the tragedy,” said her son Jeremy.

“We are still trying to understand what went wrong. She was an inspirational teacher and an outstanding teacher. Her legacy is all around us in the singers of the Hywel Girls Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and the Llanelli Choral Society. Even at this early stage, as the news of her death is released, we have been overwhelmed with the messages of condolence and many sincere and deeply-felt tributes which have arrived at the family home.”

Jeremy had been with his mother and father until a few minutes before the accident.

John Hywel Williams was driving his BMW car at the time, with his we Jean as the front seat passenger.

John received suspected broken ribs in the accident and is currently receiving treatment at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen.

He had parked his car in the pedestrianised area of Bridge Street between Llanelly House and the Parish Church, as was his custom for performances at St Elli’s.

Jeremy said: “The concert was a fun old night and everyone left the show in bubbly post-concert mood, as is usually the case for a John Hywel concert. Obviously, the exact cause of the accident is to be determined. My mother died at the scene. The emergency services responded quickly and very professionally, but there was nothing that could be done.”

It has been a difficult couple of months for the family with Jean’s twin sister Joan dying six weeks ago and her brother, the Rev Eric Davies, died just over a week ago.

Jeremy added: “If there was a suggestion that mum should have missed the VE Day concert following the bereavements, it was brushed aside. She was a firm believer in the maxim that ‘the show must go on’.

“Mum was a wonderful musician with a passion for teaching.”

Dyfed-Powys Police said the incident happened on Vaughan Street on Saturday night. The police have confirmed an elderly occupant suffered fatal injuries while the other person was treated in hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital



WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea



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



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:, by emailing 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

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