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.”
Community checks out new Carmarthenshire Policing Hub and Custody Suite
POLICE and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn today (24.06.22) hosted an open doors event for local stakeholders at Dyfed-Powys’ new Custody Suite and Policing Hub, that is currently under construction at Dafen, Llanelli Carmarthenshire.
Planning permission was granted to the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner by Carmarthenshire County Council back in April 2021 for the proposed development, which is to be an ambitious sustainable construction, with a BREEAM excellence rating.
Wilmott Dixon, who are the Construction Contractor have been on site since autumn preparing for the first construction phases, with specific progress now beginning made on the development, that aims to be completed by May 2023.
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said; “This is a major investment for us which will see an ambitious, modern, sustainable fit for purpose policing hub and custody suite that will meet the needs and expectations of modern policing.
“During the planning application process between 2020 and 2021, we engaged widely with the local community, and It was a pleasure to open the door, and welcome local community representatives to the construction site today, to show the progress that has been made to date.
“I’ve worked extremely hard with partners over recent years to ensure that we get to this position and I now look forward to seeing the construction work continue to develop at pace over the year”.
In being a BREEAM related development, the new build will offer a more sustainable environment, that aims to enhance the well-being of the people who work within it, and help protect natural resources.
Amongst some of the sustainable credentials of the new build will be a photovoltaic solar power installation to minimise the carbon footprint of the building; a rainwater harvesting facility for toilets and non-potable water, and electric car charging facilities.
Chief Inspector Richard Hopkin, Dyfed-Powys Police’s operational lead on the new build, said: “We feel very fortunate to be having a new build custody suite and hub coming to Llanelli.
“Our current Llanelli estate is old, so to see a new build that is being designed with such consideration for the environment and the wellbeing of our staff and the community within which it sits is really positive.
“The development will provide a fit for purpose, future proof solution which will complement the town centre Neighbourhood Police Team base.”
Ian Jones, Director at Willmott Dixon commented, “This is the first project that we have worked on with Dyfed Powys Police, and as part of what has being a collaborative partnership, we are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver this development.
“This is a purpose‐built, new custody suite to replace and supplement provision of custody within Carmarthenshire which will provide excellent facilities to meet the needs of modern law enforcement and detainee wellbeing for Dyfed Powys Police.
“We were delighted to have the opportunity to welcome guests to the site to show them first-hand how construction is progressing.”
Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’
EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.
Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.
49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.
In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.
“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.
“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.
“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”
Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.
Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.
Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.
He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.
Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.
The trial is expected to last five days.
Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,
“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”
M&S opticians opens its doors in Llanelli Parc Trostre
MARKS & SPENCER has opened the newest branch of its M&S Opticians service, located in the retailer’s popular Llanelli store.
M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre will offer customers an expert opticians service, which includes a full eye health examination (OCT scan) for every eye test booked at no additional fee.
Free eye tests are available as an opening offer, as well as 15% off glasses and sunglasses for Sparks customers. There’s a wide range of designer brands to choose from including Mulberry, Prada, Joules, Kate Spade, Oakley, Police, Maui Jim along with leading lens manufacturers – Zeiss and Nikon.
Expert advice on contact lens fitting and wearing is also on hand, alongside a contact lens home delivery option. The store will also be home to a hearing aid audiologist who will be offering free hearing health checks along with latest hearing aid technology, including rechargeable models and mobile connectivity.
M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre is the second optician service to open in Wales following a successful trial across ten UK cities, during which the service received a customer satisfaction rate of 96% and a customer recommendation rate of 96%.
M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre Store Manager, Aled Bonnell, said: “We’re always looking for ways to make shopping at M&S even more rewarding and feedback from our trial showed that customers loved the convenience of having an Opticians service in our store. We’re really excited to be opening our M&S Opticians in Llanelli and hearing what our customers think. The choice of different brands we’re offering is second to none and we have brilliant opening offers to suit all budgets.”
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