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Angle: Service 100 years after the sinking of a Japanese ship

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A NEW memorial commemorating those who died in the German sinking of a Japanese merchant ship in the final days of World War I will be next month in Angle.
The unveiling ceremony for the memorial to the victims will take place on Oct. 4, exactly 100 years after the sinking took place, and will be attended by residents and representatives from the company which owned the vessel, and the Japanese Embassy.
As one of the Allies contributing to the war effort during the first war, alongside Britain and France, merchant vessels from Japan were seen as legitimate targets by Germany.
More than 200 sailors and passengers died when the Hirano Maru, a Somedono Maru class transport ship, was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Irish Sea in October 1918, just over a month before the war ended.
The sinking of the Hirano Maru was the greatest loss experienced in Japanese commercial shipping during the conflict.
After the ship was sunk, residents of Pembrokeshire, found at least 20 bodies along different stretches of the coastline, though the majority were found on Irish beaches. Only 30 of the 240 people aboard survived the attack.
The bodies were buried in a local churchyard, but a wooden memorial erected at the time has since rotted away.
According the owner, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), the ship had just embarked on a journey from Liverpool to Yokohama when it was torpedoed.
About two-thirds of those aboard were crew members.
At the church in Angle, burial records list nine anonymous victims, naming only one man, Shiro Okoshi, who is listed in the records as having been a waiter on the vessel.
The church also possesses old photos in the churchyard of a wooden grave marker, which according to its inscription was erected 11 days after the ship was sunk.
David James, honorary secretary of the West Wales Heritage Maritime Society, has been raising funds to create a new memorial with support from Nippon Yusen.
As a former serviceman, James served in the British Army in Germany and Libya, where he noticed the graves of British soldiers had markers, inspiring him to commemorate the victims of war in his hometown.
“We must remember them,” he said in an interview with the Japan Times.
“The men in the graves there had families, somebody grieved when they died,” James said. He hopes the memorial will “show there is feeling here, and compassion.”
He also said he wants the memorial to keep the story alive for younger generations and help them understand the realities of war.
A spokesperson for Nippon Yusen said it was always difficult to retrieve keepsakes to send back to the families of victims who die when a ship is lost at sea.

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16 monochrome TV licences still in Pembrokeshire

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NEW figures released by TV Licensing show that after more than 50 years of colour transmissions, 16 black and white TV Licences are still in force in Pembrokeshire.

More than 300 households in Wales are still watching television via black and white TV sets, rather than enjoying critically acclaimed shows like The Bodyguard, McMafia and Killing Eve, in full colour.

Despite an increase in the use of smart televisions, as well as tablets and smart-phones to access TV content, a surprising number of Welsh households are spurning 21st Century technology in favour of nostalgic monochrome TV sets.

According to this year’s figures, Cardiff leads the way with 43 black and white licences, followed by Carmarthenshire with 28 monochrome licences and Monmouthshire with 23 monochrome licences.

The number of black and white licences issued each year has, however, steadily been declining. In 2000 there were 212,000 black and white TV Licences in force, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000. By 2015, the number had dipped below 10,000.

Fay Jones, a spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “Over half of the UK’s TVs now connect to the internet, so it’s interesting that more than 300 households in Wales still choose to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly.

“Whether you watch EastEnders, Strictly or Question Time in black and white on a 50-year-old TV set or in colour on a tablet, you need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they are broadcast. You also need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device.”

Find when one is needed at: www.tvlicensing.co.uk/info

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Neyland: Mother issues warning after boy ‘grabbed by hooded man’

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THE MOTHER of a boy who was grabbed by a ‘hooded man’ in the street on Tuesday evening (Nov 13) in Neyland has warned other parents to be vigilant.

Sarah Hibbert said that her son was grabbed by a man at approximately 8:05pm, but thankfully managed to get away.

Posting a warning on Facebook, Sarah said: “Just feel I should make people in Neyland aware.. my son was on his way home tonight at about 8:05 and got grabbed from behind by a man with a hood up in Riga Avenue.

“He managed to shove him off and run home, he’s not hurt but he was pretty shaken.

“The police have been informed. I don’t want to spook everyone but this is a scary incident and I feel people should be aware.”

After being shared over 400 times, she added that police are now involved and taking the incident seriously.

She added: “The police are taking it seriously and have said that there will be extra patrols in the area.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Police received a report of a suspicious incident which occurred at approximately 8pm on Tuesday 13th November 2018 in Riga Avenue, Neyland.

“A boy in his mid-teens reported that a man had taken hold of his arm from behind. The boy ran off. Nothing was said and the boy was not injured.

“The man is described at approximately 6ft tall, average build and wearing a dark coloured coat with the hood up.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Milford Haven Police by phoning 101.”

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50,000 homes to have different bin collections over Christmas

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PEMBROKESHIRE households are being urged to sign up for Pembrokeshire County Council’s free notification service as the countdown to Christmas begins

The message comes after it was revealed almost 50,000 homes will be affected by changes planned for this year’s Christmas waste collections.

Households and businesses serviced by Pembrokeshire County Council’s waste collections scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will be affected as the new arrangements take place.

Monday collections remain unchanged.

With no waste or recycling collections scheduled for Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, collections will be pushed back for two days in Christmas week and one day the following week, resulting in some collections taking place on Saturdays and Sundays.

‘Notify’ sends an E-mail or SMS text message to service users the day before their next collection is due telling them what bins to put out on the kerbside.

Over 4,000 text messages have already been sent out to registered users.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Welsh Language, Councillor Cris Tomos says the service is invaluable for householders, particularly over the festive season.

“With around 80% of us having waste collections on days we are not used to over the Christmas period, this service helps householders avoid confusion.

“With no waste collections scheduled for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day we are collecting a day or two later than normal.

“Rescheduling collections in this way results in an increase of just one or two days between collections whereas the previous system could result in longer periods without a collection for some.

“The new method means we will collect two days later than normal following Christmas and Boxing Day and one day later than normal following New Year’s Day.

“This is a better system for Householders and service users who register for ‘Notify’ will avoid any confusion given the service tells them when their next collection is and what bins will be collected and I encourage all householders to sign up.

For more information and to sign up for weekly waste reminders visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/notify

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