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Swimmers brave the sea on Boxing Day

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THE 47TH Tenby Boxing Day Swim again proved a big hit as over 600 people took part in the dip to raise funds for charity.

A large crowd gathered along Tenby’s North Beach to watch the swimmers and cheer them on at every opportunity.

Many favourite comic book characters were on display with swimmers choosing to dress up in this year’s theme with the Smurfs, Batman and many others.

Of all those who dressed up, it was the Bash Street Kids who were chosen as the winners of the best children’s fancy-dress group. They are now looking forward to climbing the walls of The Overhang, Tenby as their prize.

The rain held off but the sea remained cold but each of the 655 competitors took that on their chin as they took the plunge.

Fun on the beach started at 11am with a canoe race, crazy raft race and fancy dress parade.

The stampede for the sea was signalled at 11.30am, and swimmers had the added bonus of looking forward to the warmth of the beach bonfire, hot soup and a commemorative medal on their return to the beach.

A spokesperson for the Boxing Day Swim said: “Thank you to the wonderful crowds who came along to the North Beach this morning to make the 47th Tenby Boxing Day Swim one of the biggest in the history of the event.

“We have presented medals to 655 brave bathers, and there could be many more who haven’t claimed their badge of courage.

“It’s been another great morning – once again, a sea of smiling, dripping and happy swimmers; some memorable fancy dress; a spirited challenge in the raft race and a great atmosphere on the beach.”

This year, the Swim’s organisers chose two charities to send their donations to with those being the Harriet Davis Trust which houses disable children and their families in and around Tenby, and PATCH.

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed

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THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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