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Line the streets and give warm Welsh welcome to Women’s Tour

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WITH the arrival of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour now just days away, people are being encouraged to come out in force to line the streets and give the cyclists a warm Welsh welcome.

The Tour is the UK’s biggest professional cycling road race and will see 96 cyclists racing through 126km of Carmarthenshire’s streets, mountains and valleys, with a support convoy of 60 vehicles and a helicopter providing TV highlights across the world.

It will start at 10am on Saturday, June 15, at Carmarthen Velodrome, moving through Abergwili, Nantgaredig, Brechfa, Llansawel, Ffairfach, Bethlehem, Felindre, Brynamman, Garnant, Glanamman, Ammanford, Capel Hendre, Penygroes, Gorslas, Cefneithin, Pontyberem, Ponthenri, Carway, Trimsaran, and Pinged, before ending at Pembrey Country Park at approximately 1pm.

A full race guide, with expected arrival times across the county, information about parking locations, road closures and transport disruptions, can be found at in the Newsroom at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales.

OVO Energy Women’s Tour – Stage 1: Daventry to Kettering – WM3 Pro Cycling Team’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma. (Pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

The Women’s Tour kicked off in Suffolk on Monday (June 10), and will take place over a gruelling six days, coming to its grand finale in Carmarthenshire on Saturday.

It is the first time Carmarthenshire has welcomed the Women’s Tour, following just months behind the hugely successful men’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain in September.

The county is still reaping the rewards of its successful hosting of the event, with almost a quarter of the expected £4million economic boost for a year coming in the first 48-hours of the race.

Cycling businesses, as well as the retail, tourism and hospitality sectors, have seen the biggest boost in trade with more people visiting Carmarthenshire to experience the tracks, circuits and roads that have tested the best cyclists in the world, including Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

In the lead up to Saturday’s grand finale, communities have been decorated with bunting and green bikes, shops and cafes have dressed their windows, and a host of family activities have been organised in key locations, including Llandeilo, Ammanford and Pembrey Country Park.

A full list of activities, as well as competitions, and information about places to stay and cycling routes, can be found at www.discovercarmarthenshire.com.

Car parking is free in council-run car parks in Carmarthen and Ammanford.

Visitors are encouraged to plan their day and arrive at their preferred viewing location at least an hour before the race is due to arrive.

Rolling road closures will be in place across the route, around 30 mins ahead of the race and 15 minutes behind it. Advanced warning signs are in place across the route.

 

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Road closed in both directions following collision between car and tractor

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THERE was a collision between a car and a tractor with a trailer at just past 12am today (Friday, June 21).

The road was closed in both directions from St Clears to Carmarthen while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Two men – the driver and passenger of the car – have been taken to hospital. One is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to the police, is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Parc Howard shortlisted for national award

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PARC HOWARD has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award.

Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.

Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

A panel of museum experts whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist of 15.

The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

The council’s executive board member for cultural services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “It really is exciting times for Parc Howard Museum. To have been nominated for such a prestigious award is just superb and is testament to the family friendly environment we have been working to create within the museum.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see Parc Howard Museum on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were inspired by how this ambitious museum works with community organisations to bring the museum to families on a low income. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

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Trimsaran: Man charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons

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57-year-old man who was arrested at an address in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire on Tuesday 11 June has been charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons.

Russell Wadge of Baglan Farm, Trimsaran will appear before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday (Jun 19) charged with one offence contrary to section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act of 1883 and four offences contrary section 3 of the Poisons Act 1972.

A police spokesperson told The Herald: “Officers from the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) supported by Dyfed Powys Police, West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and partner agencies executed a search warrant at an address near Trimsaran where a specialist search took place after chemicals were found at the premises.

“There was no risk to neighbouring properties or to the general public. While a search of the property has concluded, a police cordon remains in place.”

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