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Kilgetty: A sad goodbye to local legend ‘Mini Man’

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LOCALS have been paying their respects to Henry the Mini Man, who was sadly found dead at his home on the Kilgetty roundabout this weekend (Nov 28).

Henry Edwards, 68, was known locally as the Mini Man because he slept in his Mini car next to the A477 roundabout near Kilgetty.

Police cars and ambulances had been spotted after concerns had been raised for his welfare, with people speculating on social media after spotting a forensic tent on the site, and he was sadly found deceased at the outdoor home which he had occupied for the best part of 30 years.

A common sight around the county on his bicycle, which he never pedalled but pushed with his feet, he could often be spotted around Pembroke Dock or on the A477 heading for home.

He had been offered accommodation many times, but rumour has it that he was the victim of a house fire when he was younger in which a relative perished, and he vowed to never live under a roof again.

He lived for a while in a mini car, which he eventually replaced with a makeshift home on the side of the roundabout. He was an accepted member of the community, with many locals giving him gifts over the years to help him live more comfortably in his chosen place of habitation.

Messages of sympathy have been filling social media, with people sharing stories and memories. One lady spoke of her daughter being upset when she saw him hanging his clothes out in the rain, and worried how he would ever get them dry. Another stated that they’d seen his fire glowing a few days ago, and commented on how cold it had been. His body was found after one of the coldest nights of the winter so far, although there are no clear details as yet as to how he died.

Suggestions have been coming in for fitting tribute ideas for Henry, including a five- minute silence at the roundabout and the erection of some art or a statue in tribute to him and his bicycle. Some have suggested naming the roundabout Mini-Man Roundabout, or the place where his dwelling was “Henry’s Corner”.

As part of the Pembrokeshire landscape for such a long time, he will be sorely missed.

Sleep well, Henry.

Mini man (Pic Simon West)

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Five shouts in five days for Lifeboat crews at Angle

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ITS BEEN a really busy week for the crews at Angle with their first tasking to the 39 meter 300 tonne tall ship on Monday evening with engine failure and taking on water.

Crews then paged again in the early hours of Wednesday morning to a 11 meter sailing catamaran becalmed and low on fuel.

The training day Thursday was interrupted just after 12:30 PM with a tasking to a tender with three people on board that had upturned just off St Brides Haven.

Little & Broad Haven Lifeboat was also tasked along with Dale Coastguard.

Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat reached the three casualties and took them to shore where they were passed into the care of Dale Coastguard. Angle Lifeboat was stood down as it was passing through Jack’s Sound.

As the Lifeboat was returning from the shout another tasking request came through. A tanker had spotted an unmanned RIB approximately 10 miles SW of St Ann’s Head. Once on scene, after some investigation the RIB was believed to have come from a mooring and no people were missing. The Lifeboat towed the RIB back to Angle.

The Lifeboat was rehoused shortly after 4:00 PM

The 5th shout for Angle Lifeboat this week.

This was a large multi agency search.

The crew were paged at 09:35 AM to assist Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB and inshore Lifeboats to search for a missing person in the water following a report from a fisherman on rocks near Manorbier that he had lost sight of a person that had been rowing a dinghy toward shore and the occupant may be in the water. HM Coastguard Tenby had also been tasked to the search

The dinghy was handed over to Tenby inshore lifeboat crew after being picked up by a Range Safety boat who then brought it into the awaiting police at Manorbier Beach.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Team had now also joined in the search for the missing person.

After several hours searching a man approached police at Manorbier, stating he’d been on the vessel off Manorbier, had got into difficulty and ended up in the water.

With the casualty now safely ashore, all units were stood down at 12:27PM.

Angle Lifeboat then headed to Tenby Harbour to pick up some sustenance, a fizzy drink and a chocolate brownie, before heading back to Angle and rehousing at 2:31PM. The lifeboat was refuelled and given a well earned wash ready for the next tasking.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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