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Carmarthen hairdresser in MTV reality show




Megan Rees: “I’m so glad I took the leap and did it.”

CARMARTHEN’S own Megan Rees will take part in this year’s series of ‘Ex on the Beach’, which premieres on MTV on August 11. Megan, who took part in the filming earlier this year at a Mexican resort, spoke to The Herald about her time on the beach.

MTV say that this year’s series of ‘Ex on the Beach’ guarantees even more drama around who will appear on the beach, as it’s not who’s ex, but who’s celebrity ex is next.”

This series of the dating show will include Kirck Norcross from ‘The Only Way is Essex’ and his ex Cami Lee, who appeared on ‘Big Brother’. As well as these celebrities, ‘Magaluf Weekender’ star Jordan Davies, who has been described as a ‘top player’, will try and find ‘the one’.

20-year-old Megan from Llanpumsaint will appear on the show as the youngest contestant, but she told us: “I definitely voiced my opinions when the time was right on the show and, being the youngest, I made sure no one walked all over me. I bring a ‘take no nonsense’ attitude to the show.”

“What made you want to apply for the show?” we asked.

“I’m not going to say that I joined the show for love because I didn’t, and I didn’t have fame or money on my mind. I went on the show to make memories with new people. It was an opportunity I couldn’t say no to, and I’m glad I didn’t.”

Megan tells us she found herself ‘in a funny way’ by taking part in the show: “I found what type of person I wish to be and wish not to be. I realised just how much my family and friends back home really do mean to me.

“I went on the show with the mindset of having no loyalty to anyone in there and that’s because I tend not to trust anyone because I don’t want to get hurt,” Megan told us when we asked if she made any friends or enemies, “I think being in that type of environment, you don’t really get a chance to get to know everyone on a true, personal level, but you can see me evolve throughout the show and begin to trust some of the people in there – some wrongly so.

“I left the villa thinking I wouldn’t speak to most of the cast again as I felt as though we didn’t fully connect, now, two months later, you get to know people over time and you sort out your differences like adults in a very different environment to the show. It’s the people you least expect that you sometimes get the closest to and now I’d like to believe I’ve made some true friends for life.”

Megan said that her relationships with her exes are like most peoples when it comes to an ex, and she likes to shut them off completely when a relationship ends. “Words are exchanged and feelings get hurt, I commend anyone who finishes a relationship amicably.”

The hairdresser says that her best experience while filming was when she went on an adrenaline-filled date, where she was zip-lining 90m from the ground through the jungle. She said that her worst times were waking up in the morning with bed hair and no make-up on as the cast were filmed 24/7 for four weeks.

Megan will be moving to London in September to study Editorial Hair and Make-up Artistry, she says she is looking forward to the future

and seeing what amazing opportunities life brings. She ended our conversation by saying: “I had so much fun on the show and I’m so glad I took the leap and did it.”

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event



Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.


The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli



the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children



RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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