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Carmarthen business supplies giant pig for London Triathlon



Giant inflatable pig: At the London Triathlon

Giant inflatable pig: At the London Triathlon

WAS EVERYONE dreaming, or did they actually see a 6m x 5m inflatable piggy bank floating on the Thames last weekend, (Aug 8-9)? No, it was not a dream.

Carmarthenshire based company, Race Arches UK, who regularly supply impactful, imaginative and sometimes totally mad inflatable race arches and gantries for races around the UK created and arranged for the floating of an enormous piggy bank to act as a fun focal point for the iconic London Triathlon 2015.

The AJ Bell London Triathlon is renowned as the world’s largest triathlon, hosting 13,000 triathletes and more than 30,000 spectators each year. It is an all abilities event, covering a wide variety of distances, including; Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic, Olympic Plus and Team Relay.

Founder of Race Arches UK, Polly Powell was delighted to have been asked to be part of this famous event, commenting: “Our mission, at Race Arches UK is to make every race more awesome, and we did just that at the AJ Bell London Triathlon this year. Our objective was to create something WOW to float on the water at The Excel and I am so delighted that we have been able to design and supply the fantastic 6m giant inflatable piggy bank. I sent a member of our team to watch the event on Saturday and it really did make an amazing spectacle on the water.

“They had record numbers of entrants this year, so to be part of that was really magical for us.”

Race Arches UK not only provides imaginative and impressive start and finish lines, “so that when the countdown reaches one and the starting airhorn is fired, the participants are welcomed with a spanking start,” says Polly Powell, “we also help clients achieve that money-can’t-buy buzz and atmosphere that sets the event apart from the rest. Over the years we have created giant inflatable ducks, a Fireman Sam, a Transformer, a huge pair of wellington boots and even an inflatable Spiderman. No challenge is too much for us and it is always a delight to work with events like the AJ Bell London Triathlon which raises so much for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support,” continued Polly.

For more information about Race Arches UK, please contact Polly Powell on 01269 512050 or visit the website at

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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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