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Weatherman Walking TV series visits Pembrokeshire

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DEREK BROCKWAY is back exploring Wales’ coast and in the second episode of the new series of Weatherman Walking: The Welsh Coast – airing on Friday, April 16 at 7.35pm on BBC One Wales – he is in north Pembrokeshire.

Embarking on a 10-mile route from Newport to Fishguard, Derek is joined by archaeologist Dr Erin Lloyd-Jones and Onkar Singh Purewal (The Wedding Guru) as the trio explore all the stretch has to offer.

Speaking in the programme, Derek said; “The Welsh coastline is spectacular stretching for nearly 900 miles and there’s a coast path the entire length of it. Round each bay and each bend is a site to behold. I’ve walked hundreds of miles around Wales but there are still corners of the Welsh coast I’ve never seen. The Welsh coast is full of contrasts; wild and rugged bays, popular beaches and just breath-taking views. There’s so much to explore, I can’t wait to get out there.”

Erin explores a megalithic quarry in the Preseli mountains where she is digging up the past looking to unearth the origins of Stonehenge’s famous bluestones. She says; “I’m delighted to be back with the team for another series, discovering more historical delights along Wales’ coastline. This year, we are all in need of a bit of escapism, and this series of Weatherman Walking brings just that, from the comfort of your living room.

“In this episode, two of my favourite things come together – Wales and stone circles. And not just any stone circle – arguably, the most famous stone circle in the world, Stonehenge. I have really fond memories of many visits to the World Heritage Site throughout my life, and feel so proud of its links with Wales. The monument is still shrouded in mystery, but this is an extremely exciting time as experts uncover hidden origins of the stones using the latest technology.”

Meanwhile, Derek’s journey starts in Newport’s harbour where discovers the area’s smuggling past before making his way through Cwm yr Eglwys to a nearby beach for a spot of kayaking. He takes in the panoramic views of the harbour from Fishguard Fort before finishing in the quay.

Elsewhere, Onkar visits the Cilwendeg Shell House, a 100-year-old ornamental pavilion decorated with shells from the nearby shoreline.

Also featured in the series is a seven mile walk in south Pembrokeshire from Dale to West Dale that sees Derek meet a local driftwood sculptor and join the Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team to help with a practice drill.

The eight episode series will air every Friday on BBC One Wales from this Friday, April 9.

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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore

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FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   

 

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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire

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SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week

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THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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