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Dragon parade set to light up city celebrations

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city celebrationsJOIN Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority for a feast of Welsh culture this St David’s Day, with the dazzling Oriel y Parc Dragon Parade, just one of the exciting events planned in celebration of Wales’ patron saint.

With March 1 falling on a Saturday this year, there will be an extra special atmosphere on the streets of Britain’s smallest city, with a packed weekend of activities in the offing. Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre Manager Paula Ellis said: “We are delighted to be a part of the St David’s Day festivities, with the Dragon Parade once again promising to be one of the many highlights of this year’s proceedings.

“St Davids has been a haven for Welsh culture for centuries and I hope that events such as this will continue to preserve this tradition for many years to come.

“There are so many events arranged around the city throughout the weekend, from Cathedral services to a Twmpath dance, ensuring this will be a St David’s Day to remember!”

Hundreds of local school children and residential care group members will guide their fiery creations through the city streets for the Dragon Parade, led by the 948 Squadron Air Corps Training Band. The procession will leave Oriel y Parc at 11am, before returning there to meet the pilgrims walk led by the Bishop of St Davids.

At 12 noon, the St David’s Day stone in the Oriel y Parc grounds will be lit by the sun, weather permitting. The reading of the Englyn which emblazons the stone will be a particularly poignant moment as it was written by St Davids-born former Archdruid James Nicholas, who sadly passed away in October 2013.

Mr Nicholas was commissioned by the National Park Authority to write the englynion – a traditional chain of short poems, when Oriel y Parc was being built.

The procession will then head to the Cross Square in the city centre, where the Bishop will perform a blessing and the Ysgol Dewi Sant Brass Band will perform the National Anthem.

There will also be an opportunity to view the entries from Oriel y Parc’s Dragon Art Competition in the Tower and a chance to view some superb depictions of Wales’ built history in the Picturing Castles exhibition on display in the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales main gallery.

For more information about the Dragon’s Day parade and a programme of other St David’s Day events visit www.orielyparc.co.uk or call Oriel y Parc on 01437 720392.

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Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen this Sunday

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WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground this Sunday, August 25.

Cruise Culture is a static car show with modified, performance, classic and standard cars. The annual show attracts thousands of visitors each year.

On Sunday August 25, the ultimate indoor show hall will have some of the best modified cars from all over the UK on display, as well as an outdoor show and shine section.

Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands. The entertainment stage will have DJs playing all day. Competitions throughout the day will include: Club of the Show; Car of the Show; Show and Shine Winner; Best Club Stand Car; Best Show Hall Car; Best Wheels of the Show and Best Install.

Prizes and awards will be handed out for each of the various competitions. There will also be inflatables and fair attractions, meaning Cruise Culture is a great family day out.

There will be a wide variety of food stalls, not just burger vans but hog roasts, BBQ, pizza and much more. The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.

Pre-sale tickets have now ended. Tickets are now only available at the gate. Gate price is £7 per person. Under 12’s get in free.

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Ignite your vocal powers with the new Torch Voices Choir

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A VOCAL coach who has worked with stars from the West End and Broadway is to launch a new community choir this autumn at the Torch Theatre.

Torch Voices, led by Angharad Sanders, is a choir open to all abilities, from those who would like to give singing a go for the first time to those who may wish to sharpen up their vocal skills. Covering music off all genres, this is a fantastic opportunity to sing in a friendly and fun ensemble. The choir will meet weekly on Thursday’s at the Torch Theatre from 5 September.

Angharad has many years of experience working in theatre and with choirs and singers across the globe. Previous students include Pixie Lott, both recent lead actors from the West End smash hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; John McRea and Layton Williams (Bad Education, Hairspray UK Tour) and new Broadway leading man Sam Primack (Understudy Evan in Dear Evan Hansen). She most recently was the musical director for the 5-star original U.K. touring production of Madagascar: the Musical, starring X Factor winner Matt Terry.

Angharad commented: “I’m extremely excited to be at the musical helm of the new Torch Voices. It’s long been a desire to return to Wales and work with local talent. At Torch Voices we will be covering all musical styles, from pop songs by artists such as The Pentatonix, Madonna, Adele and Queen through musical theatre repertoire and classical material. I would love to welcome passionate singers of all ages and abilities to come along and join us bringing this music to life. The choir is open to anyone aged between 16 (those aged 8 and over can attend if accompanied by an adult) and up and there will be no audition needed or requirement, other than a desire to make some great music.”

If you are looking to join the Torch Voices or just give singing a go, the theatre is offering two free taster sessions on Thursday 5 and Thursday 12 September from 6pm. The choir will run until Thursday 19 December before taking a Christmas break and costs £55 per term to take part. To sign up, please contact Box Office on 01646 695 267 or via boxoffice@torchtheatre.co.uk.

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Pupils design road safety posters

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PEMBROKEHSIRE Road Safety team and Narberth-based Kia car dealers, Gravells, are working together to remind parents and children to buckle up this summer.

Pupils from schools across Pembrokeshire have taken part in a Seatbelt Safety competition in which they had to design a poster incorporating road safety characters Ziggy Zebra and Grizzly Gravell.

The contest proved extremely popular with the Road Safety team receiving over 300 entries. From these, one junior and one infant winner were picked as well as a number of runners up and highly commended entries.

The outstanding winning posters were designed by Macey James from Narberth School and Sam Clark from Pembroke Dock Community School.

Both conveyed simple messages – ‘Buckle Up Your Seatbelt’ and ‘Don’t Take Your Seatbelt Off’ – reminding drivers that the safest way for children to travel in cars is to use the right seat restraint and to always wear a seat belt.

The two winners received £25 gift vouchers with £10 vouchers going to the runners-up and goody bags for those Highly Commended. The winning schools also received cheques from Gravells.

Pembrokeshire County Councillor Phil Baker, the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said the standard of work was very high.

“We are very grateful to all those young artists who contributed with their entries. A great deal of thought goes into the making of their artwork” said Councillor Baker.

“We want to encourage people of all ages in Pembrokeshire to recognise the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt and the importance of being in the correct car restraint. These award-winning posters will certainly help to remind people of this vital message.

“Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.”

Ian Gravell, Dealer Principal for Gravells, added: “Road safety is a major concern on today’s busy roads so we are delighted to be a part of this exciting and important initiative.”

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