Special events on track to celebrate scenic railway line’s 150th birthday

A series of special events is being organised this year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Heart of Wales Line, one of the most scenic railways in the country.

The railway stretches 120 miles from the Shropshire’s county town of Shrewsbury to the coastal city of Swansea on the South Wales coast.

Crossing two impressive viaducts, at Cynghordy and Knucklas, the line passes through the Welsh Marches and takes in historic castles, idyllic villages, Victorian spa...

Llanelli Councillors debate Council mergers

AS the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh Local Government Association make noises about council mergers hoping that local authorities jump before they are pushed Llanelli Online spoke to four local Councillors who represent the main parties. The Welsh Assembly Government's plans, which comes after welsh council budgets face cuts of 3%, could see the total number of councils being reduced from 22 to 10, prompting concerns that councils might become more distant from their...

Officers commended by judge for ‘colossal and exceptional investigation’ as Operation Ulysses court case concludes

THE Judge in the trial of what Dyfed-Powys Police have described as a 'Serious Sophisticated Organised Crime Group'  has commended a number of  the officers involved in 'Operation Ulysses' today, Tuesday (Mar 13) at Swansea Crown Court.

Speaking at the end of the trial, which has seen 28 members of the group handed down over 193 years in prison between them the judge commented that it was a  'colossal and exceptional investigation'.

The Judge’s commendations were  for:...

Annual Swansea bike ride cancelled

THE annual Swansea Bike Ride, which has been running for 25 years has been cancelled. Organisers claim that the event is ‘no longer profitable’.

The charity bike ride, which was a popular fixture on the charity cycling scene calendar took in the beautiful Gower Peninsula and was open to cyclists from seasoned pros to casual cyclists.

There were usually three distances involved where participants could cycle 12 miles, 28 miles or 46 mile routes. The entry cost was £15 for an...

Chinese New Year celebrations mark charity’s official launch

A newly formed Swansea based charity will announce its official launch at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum,to coincide with a celebration of the Chinese New Year from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 11th February.

The Chinese in Wales Association (CIWA) aims to make a positive difference to the lives of ethnic Chinese residents in Wales and has organised multiple events to mark the annual cultural celebration of Chinese New Year.

In recognition of the Year of the Dog 2018,...

Ten jailed after police smash multi-million pound drugs network

Ten men are today starting sentences totalling more than 116 years, after police dismantled seven organised crime gangs (OCGs) linked to a multi-million pounds Albanian drugs network.

A complex investigation led by Tarian – the Regional Organised Crime Unit for southern Wales – and supported by Essex, Thames Valley, Bedfordshire and the Metropolitan police forces, as well as the National Crime Agency, Europol and the Spanish authorities, led officers to Albanian national Bledar Mziu,...

AM welcomes new jobs for Swansea

REBECCA Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the news that TUI are to create 175 jobs in Swansea with the assistance of the Welsh Government.

Responding to the news, Mrs Evans said: “This investment is good news for Swansea, and it is only made possible thanks to financial assistance worth more than half a million pounds from the Welsh Government Business Finance Grant.

“I welcome this development, and am pleased to see Welsh Government working with businesses to...

Panto cancelled due to burst pipe

The Swansea Grand's panto Aladdin has had to be cancelled today, Saturday (Dec 30) because of a burst water pipe at the theatre. Making the announcement on their Facebook page the Theatre said: "Due to a burst water pipe flooding a section of our building we have lost key electrical systems. Engineers are striving to get us operational but today's performances of Aladdin at Swansea Grand Theatre are cancelled. Unfortunately, we do not have any operational phone systems so are relying on...

Scarlets claim victory over Ospreys with injury time try

FOURTEEN-MAN Scarlets claimed the double over the their West Wales rivals Ospreys with an injury time try scored by Josh Macleod on boxing day.

The home side were in control in the first half but failed to capitalise with points, with Leigh Halfpenny missing three penalty kicks. Continued pressure resulted in wing Steff Evans scoring the opening try, with Halfpenny again off target with the boot.

However an aerial challenge by try-scorer Evans...

Scarlets defeat Ospreys in Welsh derby

Scarlets came from nine points down at half-time to defeat the Ospreys at the liberty stadium yesterday, 7 October.

The home side led 9-0 at the break but three second half tries for the reigning champions saw a comeback to edge the match by a point.

Despite Dan Biggar's perfect 6 from 6 from the tee, it was only enough for a losing bonus point meaning a record fifth consecutive week leaving them bottom of the conference.

Meanwhile for the visitors, they top their conference with...