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Joe Marler to open sports shop in Llanelli

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Joe Marler: At the Town Hall in Llanelli

Joe Marler: At the Town Hall in Llanelli

ENGLAND prop Joe Marler is to open a new sports shop in Llanelli this summer.

The ‘gentle giant’ of rugby has decided to invest in a building within the town centre, which was formally the YMCA.

Marler told the Herald that the store side of the business would be spread out on two floors with a new gymnasium on a third floor: “The ground floor will be selling mainly England RFU merchandising and memorabilia.”

We asked Marler if he thought the store would be welcome given his controversial personality and outspokeness, he said: “It is not about personalities, it is about regenerating the town and bringing new life into an old building. Something like Eddie Jones has done with our Grand Slam winning team.

I love Llanelli and I may just consider buying a property in the area if I need to spend more time on the business.” The new store is expected to create around 100 new jobs when it is opened.

Marler is not without his haters. He looks the part with his shaven locks, burly frame and menacing visage. He is often the target of hostile jibes from the sidelines.

Marler may appear an angry young man but he has a soft side. In his spare time he cycles around his home town rescuing stray kittens, he explained: “I have about 60 kittens at the moment and I may incorporate a facility into the new store whereby people can come and take one home. We have even had England kits knitted for them to keep them warm.

Marler has been a victim of his own self-image. He has sported a Mohican cut and it has been said that he likes to play like one. He has been involved in scraps and scrapes, all drawing attention away from his hardness and durability where it really mattered, at the scrummaging coal-face.

He was keen to point out that he has no grudge against coal miners, leeks, daffodils or sheep but that he loathes Welsh rugby. Marler will be visiting Llanelli in the coming weeks just to ‘look around and gauge the footfall around the YMCA site.’

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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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