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Piece of Welsh railway history sells for £4,100

The oak silver mounted wheel barrow and spade which sold for £4,100. Credit: Halls

It was full steam ahead for a piece of railway history from Mid Wales and the borders as it sold for £4,100 at auction in Shrewsbury

The commemorative oak silver mounted wheel barrow and spade, presented to Mrs Dugdale of Llwyn, Llanfyllin by contractor Thomas Savin to mark her cutting the first sod of Llanfyllin Railway on Friday, September 20, 1861.

Llanfyllin Railway opened from Llanymynech via Llansantffraid, Llanfechain and Bryngwyn in 1863 to allow access to limestone quarries and the main line from Oswestry to Newtown. The branch line to Llanfyllin closed in 1965 under British Railway's Beeching axe.

Railway heritage items with this level of provenance always attract great interest from collectors and we were delighted with the price it achieved at auction.

– Jeremy Lamond, Halls’ fine art director


Welsh athletes welcomed home after success of Rio 2016

Welsh athletes who competed in the Rio Olympic and Paralympic games will be welcomed home at a special event today.

Clockwise from top left: Becky James, Owain Doull, Rob Davies, Aled Sion Davies Credit: PA Images

Celebrations will be held outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay later this afternoon, with carnival-style entertainment.

Welsh athletes are celebrating their best ever games, with a record-breaking haul of 10 Olympic and 8 Paralympic medals.


Newport County sack Manager Feeney

Warren Feeney has left Newport County with the club at the bottom of League 2 Credit: PA

Newport County have sacked Manager Warren Feeney with the club sitting bottom of the Football League.

Assistant Andy Todd has also left the club leaving coaches Sean McCarthy and James Bittner in temporary charge.

Feeney took charge of the Exiles in January following the departure of John Sheridan who he had previously assisted as a coach but has faced a difficult start to the season with his side managing just one win in League 2, a run that has seen them slip the very bottom of the table.

In a statement Newport County said:

“The Club can today confirm that Manager Warren Feeney has been relieved of his duties as first-team Manager.

“Following a mixed start to the season the Board of Directors feel a change is necessary.

“We would like to thank Warren for his service since joining the Club back in October 2015 and wish him all the best for his future career.

Council reviews 'nappy ban' policy

Anglesey council has this afternoon reacted to the storm about asking parents to show their children’s birth certificates if they want soiled nappies of under-threes to be collected.

It has announced a review.

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Numerous concerns have been raised in respect of our nappy collection policy, specifically with reference to birth certificate requirements and age of children eligible for the service.

We are keenly aware of public concern and have been reviewing these issues

– Anglesey council spokesperson
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