A CARMARTHEN couple has realised a dream that was 15 years in the making, thanks to Carmarthenshire County Council.
George and Jennifer Eltom have brought a new Caribbean vibe to Carmarthen’s Jackson’s Lane with the recent opening of their restaurant The Reef.
Offering Caribbean classics like Jerk Chicken and coconut rice, the wood and bamboo clad interior offers a laid-back atmosphere for diners.
But it would not have been possible without the support of a £27,700 grant from the Carmarthenshire Rural Enterprise Fund, which encourages rural businesses to develop premises and create new jobs.
Together with a vision, and their own investment, the couple now employ seven people at their first-floor restaurant, including four full-time positions.
It is a venture they juggle with their day jobs as registrars at Glangwili Hospital and running the ice cream bar, the Palm Kaye, on the ground floor.
“We first had the idea about 15 years ago,” said George.
“My wife and I run a charity and have spent lots of time in Belize where we have been surrounded by Caribbean music and the food and it’s something we’ve wanted to bring something to the UK.
“It’s something different for Carmarthen, and when Jackson’s Lane is redeveloped we hope it will be good for business.
“It would never have been possible without the support of Carmarthenshire County Council, we are so very grateful as it has helped us realise a dream.”
The Carmarthenshire Rural Enterprise Fund supports rural businesses to develop new and existing business premises, where new jobs are created.
For further information about business support, visit the business section of the council’s website – www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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