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Gower and Carmarthen Bay to feature in new ITV series



Lockdown hit TV viewers are being offered the chance to travel along the Wales Coast Path from the comfort of their own living room – calling in on locations stretching from the Carmarthenshire-Pembrokeshire border to the western-most tip of Gower.

ITV Good Morning Britain presenter Sean Fletcher will be meeting some of the many amazing characters who live and work along the 870-mile route which runs from Flintshire to the Severn Bridges.

His journey in south-west Wales takes in highlights from Pendine Sands to Worms Head with stops to collect cockles in Ferryside and a visit to a community project on Gower.

The six-part series Wonders of the Coast Path was filmed by ITV Cymru Wales before the Covid-19 lockdown began. It will be broadcast in Wales from 8.30pm on Monday 27th April.

It will then be broadcast across the UK on the ITV network during the summer.

Says Sean: ‘It’s vitally important that everyone follows government guidelines and stays at home, but in these difficult times this series can hopefully provide a bit of virtual escapism.”

“We have the most beautiful and diverse coastline in the world, waiting there to be explored and enjoyed by everyone when we are past this and the time is right.”

Sean’s first stop in Carmarthenshire is Pendine beach where he finds out about a legendary land speed record duel between Malcolm Campbell and Welshman John Parry-Thomas in the 1920s.

And Parry-Thomas’ car ‘Babs’ is brought back to Pendine to run along the sands once more.

Babs’ present day owner Geraint Wyn Owen tells how his father dug up the racing car from dunes on the beach in 1969.

It had been buried there after it crashed, killing Parry-Thomas during his record attempts.

Geraint explains: “He came down with my uncle and cousin and dug a great big hole.

“Bits of the car were terrible.  Bits of the car weren’t so bad. Being buried for 42 years in saltwater wasn’t the worst of it.   It was the accident damage.”

Geraint tells how his father, Owen, got permission to recover and restore Babs.  He had the basis of a running car within two and a half years.

Sean goes on to do some beach digging for himself as he learns how to collect cockles in Ferryside.

Veteran licensed collector Brian Jones demonstrates the backbreaking strength needed to work the beds.

“I don’t go to the gym.  This is my gym out here,” says the 66-year-old who has been collecting cockles for over half a century.

“No membership.  Just get a licence and come out and do the work.”

On Gower, Sean calls into the Murton and Llanrhidian based community project, Down to Earth.  Here he sees how people with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and asylum seekers learn new skills through eco-building and enjoy what the coast has to offer.

He also walks to the end of Worms Head with National Trust warden Kathryn Thomas.

Emphasising the need to check tide times on the journey, she warns:  “You should never under-estimate the walk to the Worms Head.

“It’s about a mile but there’s a lot of scrambling involved.

“You have a five-hour window of opportunity, two and a half hours either side of low water and if you get it wrong, you’re stranded there.”

“You can’t risk swimming through it because it would just take you away.”

Using the latest drone camera technology, Sean’s camera crew capture both the hard work involved in getting to the end of Worms Head – and the fantastic views along the way.

Jonathan Hill, Executive Producer of Wonders of the Coast Path explains:  “In these difficult times when people aren’t allowed to enjoy the great Welsh coastline, this series offers a wonderful escape to some of the most spectacular places along The Wales Coast Path.

“What really enriches this series are the fascinating characters Sean meets during his journey from north to south. I hope that once the restrictions are lifted people will get a chance to discover the wonders for themselves.”

The Carmarthen Bay and Gower episode of the series is due to broadcast on Monday 25th May at 8.30pm.

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at a property in Ponthenry.

People broke into a shed at a home in Victoria Road at around 8.30pm on Monday, 31 October, before leaving after spotting a CCTV camera.

They returned at around 10.15pm and again at around 10.55pm.

During their raids they tooka green Wolf motocross helmet with a full face with a peak and line green motocross goggles.

Officers are appealing for help to identify two people they would like to speak to over the incident.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0756/01/11/2022/02/C. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Morrisons Foundation supports children’s charity with grant for vital equipment



The Morrisons Foundation supports registered charities that make a positive difference. They recently awarded national children’s disability charity, Cerebra, based in Carmarthen, a grant of £11,109.

This will fund the creation of writing slopes through the Cerebra Innovation Centre, which is partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and designs wonderful toys and equipment to help children living with a brain condition to learn and play.

The writing slopes are designed to help children who struggle with posture and fine motor skills. They also aid children with writing, drawing and hand control. Ross Head, Product Design Manager at the Cerebra Innovation Centre explains;

‘The slopes include a lovely wipe-clean surface for children to experiment with mark making, their own set of pens and a clever lid-free pen store to remove the challenge of removing lids for some children. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and funding like this is so important to allow us to push boundaries and provide vital equipment that looks beautiful.’

At the start of 2022, the Cerebra Innovation Centre highlighted that they anticipated the need for an additional 20 writing slopes for children. Cerebra Fundraising Manager, James Hay then worked with the grants team at the Morrisons Foundation, who were delighted to support this project. David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:

‘Cerebra is dedicated to helping families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together, that’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide this support. The specialised writing slopes will make a huge positive impact on children with sensory and mobility issues, providing a great opportunity to develop their skills, which will last a lifetime.’

Grants like this are a vital source of funding for Cerebra so that they are able to continue to support children living with a brain condition and their families who face challenges every day. The Cerebra Innovation Centre is one of the many support services provided by the charity that so many families have come to rely on. James Hay adds;

‘Thank you so much to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous grant! We are over the moon as we know how much this project will change young lives. These are particularly challenging times for charities and so this funding from Morrisons for the creation of 20 writing slopes is warmly welcomed.’

You can find out more about Cerebra and how they help children and families by visiting 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council



CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is again showing its support for the White Ribbon campaign, which takes place on Friday, November 25 and is followed by 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

While domestic abuse affects both sexes, the largest number of violent incidents involve men against women. But ultimately male violence against women is everyone’s issue, not just women’s.

The council was awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status for the first time in 2018 and is continuing to work to tackle such violence.

White Ribbon flags will be flying at County Hall in Carmarthen and town halls in Llanelli and Ammanford on White Ribbon Day (Friday, November 25). County Hall will also be lit up on the evening to show support.

The council is working alongside partners to raise awareness of the campaign across the county – from sports clubs, joint visits with the Police to licensed premises, our leisure centres and libraries to bus stations.

With this year’s White Ribbon Day falling on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there has never been a better time to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

The council will be raising awareness of the campaign at special events including a Walking Football session at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on November 30 and at “An Evening with Sam Warburton” at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “It’s vital that we raise more awareness about domestic abuse so that anyone affected can get help and support from one of our local services.”

Support locally can be found at: Threshold (Llanelli) on 01554 752 422 or; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit

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