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Syria Sir Gar show a huge success

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At the concert: Paolo Piana (L) with dignitaries and their concerts

A RECENT concert held in Y Ffwrnes Theatre celebrated Welsh and Syrian culture and was hailed as a great success.

The show was held in conjunction with Syria Sir Gar.

Syria Sir Gar is a voluntary organisation, which has been set up to offer community response, support plus friendship to Syrian families who have been relocated in Carmarthenshire following the tragic situation in Syria.

MP Joe Cox spoke about the common love that is shared with regards to food, football, and music and attendees were treated to music from Rihab, a Syrian trio, and Adwaith, from Carmarthen.

The two groups even performed together, collaborating perfectly on chosen songs.

Guests of honour were Cllr Irfon Jones (Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council), Deputy Mayoress of Llanelli Cllr Louvain Roberts, Chair and Vice Chair of Llanelli Rural Council Cllr John Evans, Cllr Sian Caiach and their Consorts.

Secretary of Syria Sir Gar Paolo Piana said: “The Adwaith and Rihab show gave everybody the opportunity to enjoy Welsh and Syrian music and make new friends at the fantastic venue of Y Ffwrnes Th​e​atre.

“Syria Sir Gar would like to thank everybody in attendance that chose to support the evening. Our guests from Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council, Llanelli Tenant’s Association and Dyfed​-​Powys Police made the event extra special.

“I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the musicians, the dedicated team at the theatre and all of the wonderful Syria Sir Gar volunteers.
“We’ve been spoilt for choice at this cultural event. Here’s hoping there will be many more in the future.”

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Council crews deal with fall-out of Storm Ophelia

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CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL staff had a busy afternoon and night dealing with the fall-out of storm Ophelia which battered the west coast.

The highways team dealt with 34 separate incidents throughout the county as extreme winds brought down trees, branches and electricity cables well into the early hours of this morning (Oct 17).

During the day the Met Office recorded winds of 75mph on Cefn Sidan sands, but the council received most calls during the evening, with the storm’s intensity seeming to peak between 4pm and 9pm.

Crews attended to clear fallen trees from Glandy Cross to Carmarthen, Llandovery to Llanelli where one tree fell onto a car in Vauxhall Street – thankfully with no injuries.

Electricity cables were brought down in St Clears with damage to property roofs in Water Street, Carmarthen, and Capel Hendre.

All routes were open this morning, but crews are now clearing debris along miles of road.

Cllr Hazel Evans, executive board member for environment, said: “Our frontline crews were out into the early hours of this morning in terrible conditions to clear and re-open roads. Back at base, our duty officers, contact centre staff and Careline agents also dealt with a large number of calls from members of the public. I’d like to thank all staff for their efforts, as well as farmers, landowners and police who helped throughout the storm.”

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Two hospitalised and dogs cut free after crash

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TWO people have been taken to Morriston Hospital following a crash in the early hours of this morning (Oct 17).

Fire crews also had to cut two dogs free from the wreckage following the collision, which involved a 4×4 vehicle.

The collision took place between Pencader and Llandysul shortly after 1am.

A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received a call at 1.14am this morning to reports of a traffic collision three miles outside Pencader.

“Fire crews from Carmarthen and Llandysul had to release two dogs from the vehicle using small gear, a short extension ladder and lighting equipment.”

A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service added: “We sent two crews in emergency ambulances and a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and two patients were taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.”

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Rugby player left needing surgery

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A RUGBY player was left needing surgery after an unprovoked attack left him with a broken jaw.

Chris Rogers was in action for Ferryside against Pontardawe in a League 3 West Central C game on Saturday, October 14, when the incident occurred.

The Herald understands that a scuffle had broken out between a few other players towards the end of their match and that Chris was standing away from this.

It is alleged that a Pontardawe player came from behind and attacked Chris. He was treated at the scene and taken to Morriston Hospital.

Chris had surgery on Sunday night and the Herald were told that he was allowed home from hospital on Monday (Oct 16). His face is still swollen and he is still in shock from the incident.

Pontardawe’s secretary has called to see how the player is doing.

It was the first time the two sides have played each other and there was no apparent reason behind the alleged attack.

The police have also been informed of the incident.

Chris had to have a plate and wiring put in his jaw and the doctors have told him not to play again.

Ferryside Coach Nathan Jones told the Herald that Chris is totally ‘against violence’ and that it was very sad that this sort of thing had happened to him.

Chris and the Club have received much support from the wider community with a number of people saying that there is no place in rugby for something like this.

The Herald wishes Chris a full recovery from his injuries.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police told the Herald: “South Wales Police received a report of an assault on Sunday, October 15, at 09:46hrs, in connection with an incident the previous day (15:30hrs).

“Police are currently investigating the assault of the male. If witnesses have any information please contact 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence: 1700401165.”

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