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Shark survives cuts

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shark survivesTHE GIANT white shark in the entrance to the Ocean Lab is a life-sized plastic replica, and not to be feared. But Council cuts that recently threatened the Ocean Lab truly terrified the residents of Fishguard and Goodwick.

When the County Council informed them of its intentions to close the beloved sea front attraction last spring, over 2,000 letters were written pleading to keep the centre open. It is the only free leisure centre with a playground; beach, helter-skelter, educational activities, cafe, shop, soft play, baby and wheelchair friendly, and all within a walk or bus of Fishguard and Goodwick town centres.

The Council claimed that closure would save it £73,000 each year. Cliff Benson of Sea Trust rode to the rescue. Working with Conygar the developer, which has acquired the sea front for development, he has taken on the management of the centre, but he has to find £10,000 to keep it going.

Since May the Ocean Lab has been invaded by sea creatures: from fish which look like bits of wire with horse heads to a live octopus, and giant lobster called Mister Claws. All the sea creatures in the Oceanarium come from the sea outside the window. They stay a few months then return to their ocean home, and new visitors arrive for a predator free holiday. The purpose is to awaken interest and knowledge of Pembrokeshire’s other half, its marine coastal habitat.

The Sea Trust staff who man reception, leave their desks at the drop of a hat to share their passion for the undersea world bordering our own. Santa Jaws, the great white shark replica is the latest arrival, and is great for attracting children in and catching toy seals in its many rows of teeth.

The Ocean Lab close to Fishguard Ferry is also a shop window for the coastal walks and boat trips led by the Sea Trust to spot dolphins, porpoise, streamlined diving sea birds, seals and pups and (who knows?) rarities like the minke whale.

Listening to Cliff and the Sea Trust staff one can wonder if they are perhaps part sea creature themselves, so intimate is their knowledge.

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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