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New ride announced for Waterfront Winterland



The funeral of pop star and actor Alvin Stardust is to be held next week in the St Thomas church where he married his Swansea-born wife Julie Paton. A service will be held at 1.30pm next Wednesday at St.Thomas Church - followed by a cremation at Swansea Crematorium.

Sarah Payne's father found dead aged 45


What do you get when you mix fireworks, live music, circus performers, and a superb atmosphere?

The annual fireworks display at St Helens Rugby Ground!

Gates open 5.30pm, entertainment kicks off at 6pm, display at 7.30pm.

Skies will light up with an electrifying fireworks display, to captivate you!

Our special act on the night is Bars & Melody (B.A.M), rapper Leondre ('Bars') and singer Charlie ('Melody'). They were Britain's Got Talent finalists this year.

It’s safe to say the whole evening and finale will be spectacular!

Ghostbusters Halloween treat for city centre


The Airmaxx, which reaches 48 metres, will soon be going up at Museum Park in readiness for the return of the annual festive attraction from November 14 to January 4.

The ride, which seats eight passengers back-to-back, begins with a gentle sweeping motion that increases to 90km/h to send adrenaline-seekers over 360 degrees.

Swansea Council organises Waterfront Winterland. The attraction will also include Santa's grotto, a funfair and two ice rinks - the main Admiral rink and a smaller rink for children. As well as the ice rinks and Santa's Grotto that are hugely popular with residents and visitors to the city, there is always something different every couple of years to give people something else to look forward to.


The Airmaxx ride will bring a new, exciting edge to Waterfront Winterland to complement all the festive favourites that will again be returning to Museum Park.

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Ex-wife Sara thanks well-wishers for their 'love and understanding' after death of ex-airport worker 14 years after murder of their daughter

The mother of Sarah Payne today thanked the public for their 'love and understanding' after her ex-husband Michael, the murdered schoolgirl's father, died after a long battle with alcoholism.

Michael Payne, 45, was found dead at home in Maidstone, Kent, on Monday, and had turned to drink after his eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and killed paedophile Roy Whiting in 2000.

Mr Payne, a former airport worker, separated from his wife Sara Payne less than three years after their daughter’s death. They were expecting their fifth child at the time.

Ms Payne today re-tweeted a message by close friend Shy Keenan saying: 'Sara thanks you all (more than she can say right now) for your love, kindness and understanding at this very painful time in their lives.

'Sara is not making any media comments at this time as she wants to be left alone to care for grieving her family'.



Matt Crowcombe the Director of SOS Africa, a charity set up when he lived in Swansea in 2003 has organised an event to help fund the education and care of African township children. On the 6th/7th December in partnership with the Swansea-Siavonga Charity they will be hosting an abseil from the top of Swansea Bays 120ft Civic Centre building on Oystermouth road.

Participants will courageously abseil from the building’s 120ft peak dressed as their favourite festive characters!

To motivate the abseiling teams and if you are at the top of their fundraising leader board by 6pm on Sunday 11th January, you will win TWO  FLIGHT TICKETS TO VISIT ONE OF THEIR PROJECTS IN AFRICA!

Join the event this Christmas and change the fortunes of children in Africa in the New Year.

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Their daughter Sarah was abducted and killed by paedophile Roy Whiting after being abducted from a country lane close to her grandparents' home at Kingston, West Sussex. Whiting was sentenced to life behind bars in January 2001, in what became one of Britain's most high profile child murder cases. It later emerged that Whiting was already on the Sex Offenders Register after abducting and sexually attacking another eight-year-old. The death of his daughter became one of Britain's most high profile child-murder cases and Mrs Payne later campaigned for ‘Sarah’s Law.'


The rule allows concerned parents or grandparents to contact police to find out if a new boyfriend, or a neighbour, who has contact with a child, has a history of child sex offending.  Mr Payne, previously said that he felt ‘full of rage and guilt’ after his daughter’s murder. He said: ‘I’ve a lot of anger and bitterness inside me. I’m full of guilt and rage that I wasn’t there to protect my little girl from that man.’ His ex-wife Sara said at the time: ‘We’re not the same people we once were, and everyone knows the full reason why.'  

THERE was something strange in Swansea City Centre on Friday.

There was Live Ghostbusters shows in Swansea Castle's courtyard and Mob dance in Castle Square and youngsters all dressed as 'Pumpkins' marched down Oxford Street.  

The Ghostbusters Team on stage with a ghost.

Swansea Council was behind the free fun with a range of other activities arranged for the day which included a pumpkin rodeo, freaky face-painting, gruesome grub, a Ghostbusters hunt, plenty of prizes and the chance for visitors to make their own slime.


Swansea's first Zombie Apocalypse is also being held in the city centre during the evening of Halloween. Organised by Swansea BID (Business Improvement District) for people aged 18 and over, participants are attending from across Europe.


Pubs and clubs in Wind Street are also participating in the Halloween celebrations by decorating their establishments.


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