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Got the Stereophonics t-shirt? Now buy the pub!

The Valleys pub where rock band Stereophonics played their first gig is up for sale - for as little as £35,000.

Fans of the band can buy The Shepherds Arms in the village of Cwmaman, near Aberdare, where singer Kelly Jones first took the stage to sing.

'Have a Nice Day Credit: abgs.org.uk

The pub has been closed for more than five years but is up for auction next week with the £35,000-£40,000 guide price. Kelly said: "The Sheps gave us our start in music. Whenever I see it I immediately think: "Ah, I'm home."

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The pub, built in 1851 when the village was a busy mining community, is being sold by the neighbouring workmen's institute.

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Possible flight delays due to French strike

There maybe possible disruption to flights to and from Cardiff Airport due to industrial action in France from July 2nd to July 3rd this week.

Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline.

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French Air Traffic Controllers have announced they are to take strike action on Thursday and Friday.

Flights to and from French airports and flights over France are likely to be affected if the strike goes ahead.

Dragons sign Gloucester prop Shaun Knight

Newport Gwent Dragons have announced they've completed the signing of tight head prop Shaun Knight from Gloucester.

Knight made over 60 appearances for Gloucester. Credit: PA

25-year-old Knight will join the region this week as they continue pre-season preparations.

Knight was a member of England's 2009 and 2010 Junior World Club squads and had a spell with Counties Manukau in New Zealand.

“I am really happy to have signed a contract with Newport Gwent Dragons. I start pre-season training with the squad on Thursday and am excited to know where this new challenge in my career will take me. The opportunity for me to move from Gloucester Rugby was there and after meeting with Kingsley (Jones) and Lyn (Jones), I felt that it was the right time to do so. I know a couple of the front rowers they have at the Region and am looking forward to learning off the experienced props like Boris (Stankovich) and Brok (Harris).”

– Shaun Knight, Newport Gwent Dragons

Since making his Gloucester starting XV debut, off the bench in the 2009/10 season, Knight went on to make more than 60 appearances for the club.

“We look forward to working with Shaun - he has been a regular at Gloucester for a number of seasons but has fallen out of favour. It’s a fresh start for him and a chance to prove himself with us."

– Lyn Jones, Director of Rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons

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Severe weather warning for parts of North Wales

The warning is valid until 2350 Credit: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/PA Images

Just as you get used to the sunshine there is a yellow 'be aware' warning of possibly torrential rain for parts of North Wales.

The Met Office also says hail and frequent lightning are also possible hazards.

It says isolated heavy, and possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late Wednesday afternoon.

The warning is in force for the following areas:

  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Wrexham

Axed UK Independent Living Fund replaced in Wales

A new £20m fund to support more than 1,600 disabled people in Wales with their care needs comes into operation today.

Disabled people with significant care needs will receive direct cash payments from local authorities. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The move follows the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) by the UK Government.

Disabled people with significant care needs will receive direct cash payments from local authorities to help meet the cost of the care and support they need.

Until yesterday, when the ILF closed, people received ILF payments to pay for a range of care and support, including help with eating and drinking; cooking and preparing food and drink; assistance with dressing; cleaning, laundry and other domestic duties.

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