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Historic lifeboats on parade for open day

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rnlilifeboatA HISTORY-MAKING parade of five veteran all weather lifeboats was one of the highlights of RNLI Angle’s open day last Saturday.

 And for one of the lifeboats it was a poignant return to the Milford Haven Waterway. The Watson class lifeboat Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds served at Angle from 1957 to 1987. She is now privately owned and has been painstakingly restored to her former glory. There was a steady flow of visitors to the open day. They were able to meet crew members, tour the £1.2m boathouse, with its spectacular views over the Milford Haven Waterway, and board the £2.6m all weather stateof- the art Tamar class lifeboat Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson. Also attracting a great deal of interest was the D class inshore lifeboat Richard John Talbot Hillier. Visitors were welcomed by Lifeboat Operations Manager John Allen-Mirehouse and Coxswain Lewis Creese, and Welsh cakes, tea and coffee were served by Pembroke Ladies Lifeboat Guild members. They were Rosie Allen-Mirehouse (Guild president and RNLI Angle deputy launching authority), Daphne Bush (Guild chairman and press officer) and Emma Geear. After the open day a number of visitors returned to the boathouse to see the Tamar launched to join the parade of historic lifeboats. Among the volunteer crew members on board the Tamar was Second Coxswain Danny Richards, who has served in three of Angle’s own lifeboats – the Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds; her successor, the Tyne class The Lady Rank (1987 to 2008), and the present Tamar class Mark Mason, as well as relief lifeboats based at the station. The oldest lifeboat in the parade was the Liverpool class The Always Ready, which was built in 1933 and served at the Runswick station, North Yorkshire, until 1954. Another Liverpool class lifeboat was The Chieftain, built in 1948 and on station at Barmouth from 1949 to 1982. There were two Watson class lifeboats on display – the ex-Angle lifeboat Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, which had also served at Wicklow from 1987 to 1988, and the Pentland, which was at Thurso, Scotland, from 1957 to 1970, The Mumbles from 1974 to 1985, and Workington, Cumbria, from 1986 to 1990. The fifth on parade was the Tyne class Mary Irene Millar, built in 1989 and serving at Portpatrick, Scotland, up to 2011. All the former lifeboats are privately owned and based in the Portishead and Bristol areas. This year’s open day coincided with Angle Regatta and the Tamar led the veteran lifeboats into Angle Bay to the delight of the crowds lining the shore outside the Old Point House. RNLI Angle has been saving lives at sea since 1868, when the first lifeboat Katherine – donated by the Bradford philanthropist Titus Salt – went into service.

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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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