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A Tribute to Gerry Williams

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GERALD (GERRY) WILLIAMS, one of tennis’s most distinguished commentators has died at the age of 86.

Gerry worked for the BBC and Sky TV for more than forty years. Gerry was friend to many of the greats of tennis and he often travelled with the likes of Bjorn Borg on tours. Gerry got his break in commentating on TV when Des Lynam asked him to go over tot TV from radio. Cliff Morgan put Gerry and Des together for the nightly Wimbledon highlights programme, which ran for nine years.

Gerry never saw eye to eye with the bad boys of tennis and said he was happy when the golden age of tennis began with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He said Federer was his champion of champions and he predicted that Andy Murray would win Wimbledon.

Gerry said he was brought up on the commentary of Dan Maskell and that it had never occurred to him that one day he would be sitting in a commentary box with Dan on the centre court at Wimbledon. In an interview with The Herald before his death Gerry said, “Dan was sitting there giving his commentary and I thought you’ve made it here mate.”

Gerry attended Carmarthen Grammar School before going to work for the Croydon Advertiser and befriendng the late great Harry Carpenter. He also worked on the Leicester Mercury and the South Wales Echo.

During his time on the Croydon advertiser as a sports editor he was sent up to Manchester to report on the Busby babes and the rebirth of Manchester United following Munich air crash in February 1958, which had killed 8 of United’s players.

In an interview with The Herald before his death he was asked if he could sum up his life.

He replied: “Simply wildly beyond any dream I could possibly have. When I was in the little village school here in Llangynog during the worse of the blitz it never occurred to me that I could have seen the world umpteen times and become on such good terms with the great tennis players. They are personal friends and that is an amazing thing to have happened.”

Gerald Williams, born June 24 1929, died January 21 2016 – BBC Radio 1973-1983, BBC 1983-1989, Sky Sports 1989-2001

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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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

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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

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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: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk 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 crimestoppers-uk.org.

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