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Oakwood offers Pembrokeshire schools chance to try new ride

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WALES’ largest theme park, Oakwood, is giving one lucky primary school class the chance to win a trip to the park and try out its brand-new ride ‘Dizzy Disk’.

The family attraction, located in the heart of Pembrokeshire, has launched a competition inviting primary pupils from Pembrokeshire to bag themselves a thrilling trip for their entire class.

As well as spending a day at the park, the winning class will be get to ride ‘Dizzy Disk’, an exciting new family ride which will see riders face outwards as they glide back and forth while simultaneously spinning in circles. New for Easter 2019, the ride joins Oakwood’s existing collection of 27 rides and experiences.

To enter, Oakwood is asking children in Pembrokeshire between the ages of six and eleven to share why their class deserves to win the treat of a trip to Oakwood.

Phil Verbinnen, Director at Oakwood Theme Park said “We’re excited for the Pembrokeshire community to come and enjoy our park and try out our thrilling new offerings for 2019. Dizzy Disk in particular is a ride that we are sure will be popular with all the family and we can’t wait to unveil it!

“Oakwood has been a special place for many generations of Pembrokeshire children and we’re looking forward to welcoming the lucky winners of this competition to the park”.

Opening its doors over thirty years ago, Oakwood is home to a variety of attractions and themed areas suitable for the whole family to enjoy. The park is home to four large thrill rides, including world-famous Megafobia which has been voted the UK’s number one wooden rollercoaster, as well as several fairground rides and child friendly rollercoasters.

In addition to new ride ‘Dizzy Disk’, guest favourite Bounce will also be reopening in the summer following a full refurbishment, taking the thrill ride total up to five for Oakwood.

Applications for the competition are now open. To apply, please email your name, age, address, school name and up to 100 words on why you think your class should win to: GuestServices@OakwoodThemePark.co.uk

Applications will close on Monday 29th April.

For more information please visit: www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk

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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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