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County braced for a jam-packed show

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY SHOW offers a family day out with something for everyone – from food to fast cars, and from animals to arts and crafts there’s always something to try, taste, play or buy.

More than 100,000 people visit the County Show each year and we’re proud to say it’s Wales’s largest three-day agricultural county show.  So, whether you’re a Pembrokeshire local or just visiting we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic day out

Some of the headline attractions this year will be to meet Joseph’s Amazing Camels, and watch or compete in a fantastic Irish sheaf throwing competition throughout the three days.

Another highlight of the Show every year is the Interhunt Relay competition which takes place on Wednesday (Aug 15) with eight top relay teams competing to be the fastest clear over a course of demanding cross country jumps and obstacles.

This is a great opportunity to cheer on your favourite team and watch horses do what they love best.  The riders from all walks of life and all ages will entertain us with their ability to control and navigate the course at high speed.

For those unfamiliar with the relay format, two teams of four riders will line up to jump an identical course set out on each side of the arena. As the flag drops, a rider from each team gallops off to complete the course as quickly as possible, before handing over the baton to the next member of the team. The first team of 4 to complete the course wins. It’s a simple format but very exciting to watch from anywhere around the arena.

There are a number of other attractions and displays, including robotic milking of cows and the feeding of calves; the new look Valero Countryside Paddock, farrier demonstrations, classic car displays, a skateboarding arena, and indoor go-karting.

As ever, the animals will be taking centre stage in the rings as they go head to head for the top honours.

From cattle, pigs, goats and horses to poultry and dog agility competitions, visitors will be able to see some of the country’s finest exhibits.

Sheep exhibitors will now have their own dedicated area.

And don’t forget to watch some of the pulse-racing action in the show jumping arena.

The entire show will be live and entertaining, culminating in a spectacular grand parade led by steam traction engine Velfrey Queen, kindly provided by Mason Bros.

Another first, the Pembrokeshire Little Farmers’ marquee will host educational competitions and will sit alongside the perennial favourite – the free family play zone.

As part of the revised plan there will be a new shopping mall and a higher number of trade stands.

The Castell Howell Food Hall finds a new home on the main avenue.

There will also be a new main arena viewing gallery with bar, accessed from the main avenue, and there will be a Stockman’s Bar adjacent to the livestock housing compound. The YFC will also have their own area.

Also new for this year will be reduced rates of entry after 4pm. No-one will need to go home early as the live stage will provide entertainment until 8.30pm.

The show will be held from August 14-16.

Visit pembsshow.org and follow the links to buy your tickets today.

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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