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THE beautiful seaside town of Porthcawl will be holding a First World War Centenary commemoration on Saturday 2nd August 2014. The day will be packed with events from that era as re-enactors such as the British Army's Recruiting Sargearnt Tableau, the Suffragettes and a 1910 policeman who will be arresting a Suffragette will be part of the days events.  A town cryer will start the procedings at 9am, he will then call for attention as a trumpeter plays the reveille,  the union flag is raised. The High Sheriff, the Lord Mayor and the Lord Lieutenant will take up their positions as a unit of sea cadets take the salute. There will be a vintage car drive through the town as they pass WW1 shop displays with staff in period dress. The museum will be open and there will be lots of music, tea, coffee and food to keep all visitors happy. At the end of the day there will be a service of reflection at All Saints Church, Porthcawl.


Soil enroute to the Flanders Field for the Welsh Memorial.

This morning something rather special took place. Soil from the top of Pen y Fan was blessed during a special service on the mountain top and then carried down to make its way to a special event to be held on Flanders Field on 16th August involving the unveiling of a Welsh Memorial to mark those of Welsh descent who took part in the First World War.

Reverend Richard Podger from the Parish of Cantref, where Pen y Fan falls in, was accompanied by nearly 40 people including Colonel Kevin Davies, Deputy Commander from HQ 160 Brigade, along with officers from the National Trust in Wales, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, members from the Welsh Memorial in Flanders Committee and over 15 Army College students.

Original reproductions of First World War sandbags - kindly donated by the Belgian company Mutoh in recognition for the event – have been used to collect soil from Wales’s two largest mountains, Snowdon and Pen y Fan, where it will be laid on Flanders Field at a ceremony to mark all those of Welsh descent who took part in the First World War. Two Welsh schoolboys – one from North Wales and one from South Wales – will be speaking at the dedication service in Flanders, describing the two fallen Welsh soldiers, after which they will place the soil at the memorial base.

The event has been four years in the making, and has been a labour of love for Peter Carter Jones, who is the leading co-ordinator of the Welsh Memorial in Flanders Campaign. A large specially commissioned bronze memorial dragon has been fitted to the top of the Cromlech, where it will be officially unveiled at a special memorial service on the 16th August by the Welsh First Minister and the Secretary of State for Wales.


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Porthcawl WW1 Centenary Poster Brecon Beacons National Park. The Reverend Richard Podger from the Parrish of Cantref conducts the blessing. Blessing ceremony on Pen y Fan. Blessing ceremony on Pen y Fan. Blessing ceremony on Pen y Fan.

IT was all in Castle Square on Saturday, there was something for everybody in the way of skates, scooters, skateboards, live bands and street dance.

Whatever your choice of wheels, it was a chance to show off your skills in the Street Sports area. and for the less adventurous without wheels, there was plenty to do and see with the stage entertainment. Revue Dance Studio put on  breathtaking street dance routines and in between there was live music from bands, local band Fast Fuse sang in English and Welsh. It was a opportunity for the public to see the skills involved in these sports and importantly how to enjoy them.

Coming soon: Dont miss these stunning video. Swansea Half Marathon - Swansea Bay.

080513-James Garner-vsmall-454p.grid-4x2 James Garner, as Bret Maverick-8x6

James Garner was an American film and television actor, one of the first Hollywood actors to excel in both media. He starred in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades. James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an award-winning American film and television actor. He starred in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades which included such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western-comedy series, Maverick, and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama, The Rockford Files. Garner starred in more than 50 films including The Great Escape (1963), Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985) for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and The Notebook (2004).

The JCP Solicitors Swansea Half Marathon is the newest event on the UK’s running calendar, over two thousand runners registered for this Swansea Bay course. It was won by Mathew Wells from Bridgend AC in a time of 01:14:38.2 second was Mark Roberts at 01:15:53.1 and third was Scott Mayhon his time was 01:17:04.1 the first female runner to cross the finish line was Hannah Oldroyd at a time of 01:23:21.8 good weather conditions brought out thousands of spectators who jammed the Waterfront Museum grounds for the start and finish, a rolling road block all the way to the Mumbles was introduced by the council at 7am. The route took the runners over the Sail Bridge on the River Tawe and then on to the finish. All runners finished the race.