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Carmarthen gets carnival fever



FOLLOWING its triumphant return last year, Carmarthen Carnival will be hitting the streets on Saturday (May 27).

From ​vintage tractors, local organisation performances, and marching bands, organisers say it will ‘certainly be a treat for all’.

The Grand Parade leaves St Catherine’s Walk at 12 noon and will meander through the town’s streets, taking in St Catherine Street, Market Way, Mansel Street, Lammas Street, Guildhall Square, Hall Street and Nott Square.

“We are truly delighted to have such an amazing parade all around the town,”​ explained Carmarthen Carnival organiser Jessica Shore.

“Local pubs, youth groups, vintage tractors and modified cars are all coming out to raise awareness of our pledge to support the ongoing work of the Carmarthenshire Water Safety Partnership.”

Carmarthen Castle will host entertainers in the afternoon from 12 noon to 4pm.  Forge Drama, Celtique Twirlers and many more local celebrities will be singing and performing. This year the event organisers have wanted to bring the carnival right into the heart of the town and it will be an amazing atmosphere and true celebration of all things local.

‘”We have been delighted to have had major sponsorship from Carmarthen Town Council, St Catherine’s Walk and other businesses too. We are truly grateful to all who are supporting this day,” Jessica added.

Guildhall Square will be hosting an amazing funfair for children, with rides and attractions from 10am. The vintage tractors and modified cars will be on display in King Street from 12pm onwards.

The Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band and the Swansea Pipe Band will return again this year to march through the town and play their favourite tunes.

“St Catherine’s Walk are proud to support this great community day,” explained John Nash, Manager at St Catherine’s Walk. “Last year was so successful, and this year will be even better with St Catherine’s walk hosting two hours of live music from these great local bands.”

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Food assembly reaches fruition



MORE and more people in Carmarthen are ditching the supermarket trolley and buying fresh food directly from local producers.

The Carmarthen Food Assembly – an online platform that allows a direct link between customers and producers – continues to grow from strength to strength, helping people have more control about what ends up on their plates whilst supporting local businesses.

This week the assembly celebrated its first anniversary, and now boasts 700 customers and 20 producers, with fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and baked goods sold and collected weekly.

Customers order their goods through an online platform, giving producers special requests if required, before picking it up on collection day at Carmarthen’s Xcel in Johnstown, or The Warren in Mansel Street.

As well as supporting the local economy the assembly also has health and environmental benefits – customers can find out exactly what has gone into their food, and carbon footprint is also reduced with food travelling an average distance of 28 miles to the pick-up point compared to around 600 miles to a supermarket.

It also reduces waste as nothing gets picked or baked unless it is ordered.

Organiser Carrie Laxton is a retired GP who saw the benefits of a food assembly and decided to set one up in Carmarthen, with the support of Carmarthenshire County Council.

“Local producers are struggling to make a living, and this is an ideal way of supporting them,” she said.

“We have anywhere between 12 and 18 producers most weeks who set up a mini-market at our collection points to meet their customers and hand over the pre-ordered goods. It makes good local food more accessible to local people as well as supporting local producers.”

Cllr Cefin Campbell, Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board member for rural affairs, said: “This is a fantastic way to support the local economy and local producers. Rural industries continue to struggle but as consumers become more conscious of what they eat we hope that they will return back to the more traditional shopping route which is to buy from local farmers, bakers and butchers.

“The food assembly helps link customers and producers and bringing in the modern element of online orders it is working well for a growing number of people.”

Anyone can register to become a customer of the food assembly, and food producers in around the Carmarthen area are encouraged to find out how they can become involved.

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Man arrested on suspicion of murder



POLICE are continuing with their thorough enquiries in the search for 28-year-old Hollie Kerrell, who is missing from Knighton.

She was last seen at her home address in Knighton on Sunday, April 22, at around 10am. No one has heard from her since.

An incident room has been set up in Llandrindod Wells police station, and enquiries have led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man on suspicion of murder. He is currently in police custody.

Superintendent Jon Cummins said: “Although there has been a significant development in this investigation in respect of an arrest taking place, we still need the help of the public in this enquiry.

“We’re appealing to anyone with any information or sightings of Hollie from 5pm on Saturday, April 21st onwards to contact us as a matter of urgency. She is described as being 5’5”, medium build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a black skirt and long black cardigan when last seen.

“Please, if you have any information contact us by calling 101.”

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: 138 of April 23.

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Police issue security advice to businesses following attempted burglary



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is urging businesses to consider increased security measures following an attempted burglary at a business in Dyffryn Road, Ammanford.

Two people were seen attempting to gain access to a unit at around 7.20pm on April 9.

Following on from the incident, Ammanford police have offered the following advice to business owners in the area.

​PC Elinor Rees said: “We would advise all businesses to look at their current security measures and consider if they are robust enough to prevent crime.

“We recommend investing in CCTV cameras covering all buildings and grounds around your premises, and ensure the relevant staff are aware of how to download footage in the event it is needed.

“If you need further information on protecting your business, please contact your local neighbourhood policing team by calling 101.”

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