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Coast & Country: Looking ahead to the Easter weekend

It’s a bank holiday weekend so on Coast & Country this Friday Ruth and her family head to St Davids to visit the spectacular cathedral. They have a guided tour of the building with Rev Canon Dorrian Davies and visit St David’s shrine.

And there’s horse riding from Nolton stables, some 20 minutes away, to the beach at Nolton Haven.

Ruth Wignall and her family visit St Davids Cathedral Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Andrew is on the tourist trail too as he visits the National Showcaves Centre for Wales in the upper Swansea valley and discovers how the caves were first discovered by two local brothers.

Ashford Price, National Showcaves Centre for Wales, talking to presenter Andrew Price Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

As well as seeing some of the world famous formations within the caves, Andrew also meets cave photographer Brendan Marris to find out what it takes to capture the most spectacular caving images.

He ends the day with a visit to the cathedral cave which houses 40ft waterfalls.

Carl Edwards heads to Pale Hall near Bala which has been generating it’s own electricity, thanks to a turbine powered by a nearby stream, for nearly 100 years. Indeed the heaters were left on while the house was derelict for some 20 years, helping to save it from ruin.

Pale Hall, Llandderfel, near Bala Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Start your bank holiday weekend with Coast & Country.

This episode of Coast & Country is on Friday April 18th at 8.00pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

Youngster hears for the first time after life-changing op

Little Amelie Ring is one of the one-in-a-thousand babies born profoundly deaf. A few weeks ago she had a complex operation to try and help.

Today Amelie and her parents Vicky and Rob made the journey from their home near Holywell to a Manchester hospital - to literally switch on Amelie's hearing and give her a new sense - Rob Shelley was there.


Father stages 'protest' bike ride over son's death

A grieving father has staged a protest bike ride from the Swansea to the Senedd to demand a legal duty of candour from health care professionals.

It's 24 years since Robbie Powell from Ystradgynlais died after a series of medical problems. Now his father, Will is calling for the introduction of what's being called "Robbie's Law" to enforce opennesss among Welsh health professionals. Dean Thomas reports


Welsh boxer fined for attack in lap-dancing bar

Fred Evans arrives at Birmingham Crown Court where he admitted assault. Credit: PA

Olympic boxer Fred Evans from Cardiff has admitted assaulting a reveller at a lap-dancing club after a row over cult reality TV show The Valleys.

Evans, who won a silver medal in London in 2012, was fined £435 for his "limited" role in the assault.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard the boxer from St Mellons teamed up with a friend, Danny Butler, to launch a "gratuitous and unprovoked" attack which left their victim unconscious.

The court was told their victim was was battered around the head and knocked to the floor on February 23 this year, moments after arguing with Butler about the merits of MTV's The Valleys.

Butler, of Gloucester Road, Corse, Gloucestershire, was jailed for 10 weeks for his part in the attack, and also ordered to serve four weeks of a previous suspended sentence imposed for a similar offence.

The boxer Fred Evans from Cardiff was fined £435 for his part in the attack. Credit: PA

Both Evans and Butler, aged 20, had pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing but admitted common assault after viewing CCTV footage of the attack prior to today's proceedings.

Gavin Rofer, defending Evans, said the boxer was deeply remorseful and had consumed "quite a lot of alcohol" at the time.

Stagecoach cuts 'disappointing' says Welsh Govt

The Welsh Government has described Stagecoach's announcement that it will be cutting services, as 'disappointing.'

This is extremely disappointing news. The new reimbursement rate for operators in the concessionary bus fare scheme was set following an independent review to ensure operators such as Stagecoach were 'no better and no worse off' by taking part. We continue to work with the Confederation of Passenger Transport to deliver a sustainable bus industry in Wales.

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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