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Lemmy: Heavy metal icon passes away aged 70

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Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister AT Glastonbury music festival 2015. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister AT Glastonbury music festival 2015. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

THE FRONTMAN and founder of British heavy metal band Motorhead, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, has died at the age of 70.  Motörhead announced via their Facebook page that Lemmy was diagnosed with cancer in his brain and neck on December 26, and passed away at his home with his family.

Lemmy, who was born Ian Fraser Kilmister, created Motörhead in 1975 and was the band’s only recurring member, as both singer and bassist.  He helped Motörhead release 23 albums who are most notably known for their 1980 song ‘Ace of Spades.’

Motörhead said on their Facebook page: “There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”

The heavy metal icon has publically been struggling with his health for some time and in more recent years his illness has deteriorated.  Lemmy had surgery in 2013 where an implantable defibrillator was placed into his chest.

He has previously cancelled shows due to his exhausted health and earlier this year Lemmy cut the middle of a song at a show in Texas to apologise to the crowd saying, “Sorry I can’t do it.”  After rigorous chants of ‘Lemmy! Lemmy!’ from the crowd, he came back out to provide a sincere and emotional apology, and to discuss his health to his fans saying “I would love to play for you but I can’t, please accept my apology.”

Lemmy was born in Staffordshire on Christmas Eve of 1945 and lived in Anglesey as a child acquiring the nickname Lemmy whilst at school. His loud and fast paced playing style matched with his aggressive vocal growl helped place Motörhead as one of the pioneering forces for heavy metal – further influencing many bands in the following decades to start playing and creating metal music.

Motörhead’s advice to any fans or supporter of Lemmy are: “play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”

Many heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll musicians paid tributes to Lemmy after hearing of his passing.

Metallica were one of many bands to pay tributes.

Metallica were one of many bands to pay tributes.

Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne tweeted: “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend.”

Alice Cooper also said: “I will see you on the other side. When we say ‘one of a kind’ in rock’n’roll, Lemmy was the epitome of that – one of the most beloved characters in rock’n’roll. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t adore Lemmy; you can’t say ‘heavy metal’ without mentioning Lemmy. Rock’n roll heaven just got heavier.”

The heavy metal band Metallica tweeted: “Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We’re forever grateful for all of your inspiration.”

Queen’s Brian May also described Lemmy as “our utterly unique friend”, and Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, described Lemmy as “a true rock icon.”

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Llandeilo Festival publishes its Entertainment schedule

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“Children and families are at the heart of our festival this year,” announces festival vice chair Debbie Ince. “On Friday 18th November the festival stalls will start trading at 10am but in the evening there will be the official opening, followed at 6:15pm by Santa coming through town on his sleigh. A children’s Lantern procession from CK to King Street led by Llandeilo Primary School’s Samba group will meet Santa on King Street to tunes by the Llandeilo Town Band and bilingual hymn singer Ffion Haf. Once the children had their fill of Santa, the Christmas Lights will be switched on by Mayor Gordon Kilby. Local legend singer and actor Harry Luke and Ffion Haf will entertain the crowd until 8pm.”

Public enjoying the festival

A spectacular and pet-friendly Laser Show will replace the controversial fireworks at 8pm. “There’s also a tea cup ride on King Street for kids,” adds Ince. “On Saturday and Sunday kids can go to Santa’s Grotto 10 – 4, and on Saturday to St Teilo’s Church or Hengwrt for activities. At our park and ride on Beechwood Estate ‘Sgiliau’ will be open for our youngest visitors.”

Santa at the parade

“There is of course plenty of entertainment for adults, too,” adds festival chair Christoph Fischer. “From Davies & Co Station Road to Flows on Market Street, most Llandeilo venues will play indoor music, many day and night. The stage will host a variety of acts: from school and adult choirs, bands, solo singers and dance groups, such as Mixed Youth Group, Lotus Sisters Belly dancers and Sunflowers Wales. Cooking demonstrations on Saturday and a Santa Run on Sunday morning round up the festival programme. You can find updates on the Llandeilo Town App Dyma Llandeilo.”

“With our wide selection of street food, arts-,crafts-, fashion- and food stalls there should be something for everyone,” adds stalls coordinator and treasurer Mered Williams. “See you all on the 18th.!”

Snowfall at the stage
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Popular physical activity game Beat the Street gets underway in Llanelli

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BEAT THE STREET is a free, interactive game that encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by rewarding teams with points and prizes the further they walk, cycle and roll.

There are prizes for the teams that travel the furthest with vouchers for books and sports equipment. There is a total points leader board and an average leader board so opportunities for teams of all sizes to win.

Beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes will be placed on lampposts around the area for the duration of the six-week game. Primary school pupils will be provided with a player pack containing a map and a card for the child and an accompanying adult. The wider community can pick up a contactless card from a distribution point listed at www.beatthestreet.me/llanelli

Players then travel between the contactless Beat Boxes scoring points with their cards as they go. The further players travel, the more points they score for their community or school team. Each week is themed with different activities to help participants get the most out of their Beat the Street experience.

Beat the Street Llanelli is provided by Intelligent Health, commissioned by Carmarthenshire County Council and is supported by Sport Wales.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure Culture and Tourism Cllr Gareth John, said: “We are delighted to bring this innovative and compelling game to Llanelli and we can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot. The game brings a competitive element to physical activity, but more than that, unites communities, helps people get to know their local area, reduces carbon emissions and improves both physical activity and mental health.”

More information is available at the Llanelli | Beat the Street website and on social media @BTSLlanelli

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Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen Showground 

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WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground on August Bank Holiday Sunday 28

The show has now been running since 2014 and after a two-year break due to Covid-19 they are finally back!

There is a huge variety of cars on display from Modified, Performance, Supercars, Old School Classics, Vintage & American Cars. 

Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands, so there is something for the whole family to enjoy. 

There will also be a funfair and children’s attractions at the show with a variety of food stalls selling burgers, pizzas, noodles, sweet stalls and ice cream vans.

There is an indoor section with highly modified cars on display and an outdoor show and shine area.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service will be doing an RTC Demo, along with a wide variety of their road safety vehicles and fire engines to look at.

Expect an action packed day with:

– Ultimate Indoor Show Hall

– Outdoor Show and Shine

– A huge variety of Car Club Stands

– Trade Village (Indoor and Outdoor)

– Main Entertainment Stage with Competitions, DJ’s, Live Music

– Car Competitions

– Funfair/Children’s Attractions

– Team SWG

– Mid & West Wales Fire Service Displays 

The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.

 It is a show not to be missed! Jamie has ridden in the Nitro Circus and featured in a recent Top Gear episode for the Eddie Kidd Top Gear Special!

Tickets are just £6 Per Person if you pre book, or £8 Per Person at the gate with under 12’s being free!

You can pre book tickets online at http://www.cruise-swansea.co.uk

This is a show not to be missed and has a great atmosphere and plenty to do throughout the day.

For more information, visit their Facebook page – Cruise Culture, or their Instagram @Cruise_Culture.

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