Connect with us


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.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Woman dies following two-car collision



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a two-car road traffic collision on the A470 between Cemmaes and Llanbrynmair.

Police were alerted to the collision at approximately 23:50pm on Saturday (Sept 23).

Sadly the 70-year-old woman driver of a grey Skoda died as a result of her injuries. Next of kin and HM Coroner are aware.

Two passengers travelling in the Skoda, and a man driving a silver Mazda, have been taken to hospital.

Fire and ambulance also attended. The road was closed for several hours while collision investigation took place.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was travelling on the road around this time, is asked to report information by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting reference: 409 of September 23.

Continue Reading


Newcastle Emlyn: Restaurant shut down by Immigration Enforcement officers



A POPULAR restaurant in Newcastle Emlyn has been shut down by Immigration Enforcement officers, due to its history of employing illegal workers.

On Thursday (Sept 21), officers visited Yasmin’s on Sycamore Street and carried out an immigration check on the employees.

Two men, both 37, had overstayed their visas and were now in detention as they are prepared to be sent back to Bangladesh.

Two more men from Bangladesh were also found to not have permission to work in the UK. They are now being ordered to report to Immigration Enforcement as their cases are reviewed.

Five illegal workers were discovered in two previous visits in 2013 and 2014.

In total, the business has been fined £88,750, however £72,000 remains unpaid. This is now being investigated by the Home Office.

Because of the non-compliance of the restaurant, Yasmin’s has now been shut down temporarily, using powers from the Immigration Act 2016.

Richard Johnson, from Immigration Enforcement in Wales, said: “Businesses that persistently employ illegal workers must face the consequences.

“These immigration powers give us an opportunity to further crack down on those offenders where civil penalties have been issued and not paid.”


Continue Reading


Drug dealer who was ‘caught red handed’ jailed for three years



Swansea Crown Court

A BRYNAMMAN drug dealer who was ‘caught red handed’ with cocaine and cannabis has been jailed for three years today (Sept 19).

Darrian Bointon, aged 21, was told he needed to decide now whether he would continue offending and risk spending the rest of his life in jail.

Bointon, of Brynbrain Estate, admitted possessing both cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

Swansea Crown Court heard how police stopped a car he was driving on June 12 and found the drugs already divided into individual deals.

Judge Geraint Walters said it was the third time Bointon had been caught dealing in cannabis but it was his first offence for being involved in the supply of a Class A drug.

At the age of only 21 he had already amassed a considerable criminal record, said the judge.

“You have completely lost your way,” he added.

“Your downfall was the taking of drugs and then becoming addicted to them.

“People who deal in Class A drugs almost always go to jail, it is as simple as that. You must have known that.”

Judge Walters said he accepted that Bointon had not been making huge amounts of money but had been dealing to meet the cost of his own habits.
However, he had been spreading the misery of drug usage just to make a fast buck.
He warned Bointon he would spend longer and longer in jail unless he changed–and the time to do that was now.
Continue Reading