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Cardiff Carnival returns after 16 year hiatus

Butetown Carnival is returning to the city this August Bank Holiday, after calls from Cardiff residents for its revival.

The carnival, which last took place in 1998, will once again celebrate the rich musical heritage of the local community.

Butetown Carnival
Butetown Carnival

It began in the mid-1960s and during the carnival's hey-day, attracted tens of thousands of people to enjoy an abundance of market stalls, parades and activities.

Throughout its 40 year history, the carnival rivalled festivals across the border including Notting Hill and St Paul's.

The decision to bring the carnival back to its former glory was taken last year.

Carrole Fox, General Manager at Butetown Community Centre said:

“You mention the carnival and the general response is –BRING IT BACK, so that’s what we’re doing, and we decided to just do it and not wait for yet another year.”

Butetown Carnival
The carnival attracted hundreds of people each year

This year will see a variety of performances including jazz, blues, reggae and ska from celebrated local artists.

Alongside live music, there will be market stalls, a parade to kick off the celebrations, pop-up poetry and theatre and a huge flash-mob performance.

Simon Campbell, Chair of the Carnival’s Steering Committee said:

“We’ve received a lot of support from local businesses to get this year’s carnival off the ground, for which we are incredibly grateful. The Carnival holds a special place in all of our hearts; it reminds us of what a close community we were and I know this will bring us closer yet again.”

The carnival's Facebook page saw over 2000 people sign up to the event after just two days.

You can find out more about the event here.


Disabled teen to complete solo sailing challenge

Natasha Lambert
Natasha 'Miss Isle' Lambert will have sailed around 430 miles when she arrives in Swansea. Credit: Royal Yachting Association

A teenager with athetoid cerebral palsy will complete her 12 leg sailing challenge in Swansea today after sailing single-handedly around the south west coast of England to Wales.

17-year-old Natasha Lambert, who uses breathing alone to sail her boat via a 'sip and puff' straw mechanism engineered by her dad, set off on her 'Sea and Summit' challenge last month.

Since then she has sailed her 21ft boat Miss Isle Too around Falmouth, Plymouth and Poole before climbing Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons using a special walking aid.

In total Natasha will have sailed around 430 miles and climbed 2,907ft as part of the challenge, which is raising money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Trust and the RYA Foundation.

Catch up: The Welsh Millionaires' Club, Programme 3

by Susan Ridd

Catch up with Les Scadding - Wales' biggest lottery winner - five years after his win, as he talks horsepower at a stud farm where his racehorse is currently stabled.

Les also travels up the M4 to meet Camelot call centre staff, including Anita, who took his winning call. And we hear what exactly happens after you've won - and most importantly - how do you get your cash?

We also meet West Wales farmer Mez Davies, who bought a smallholding with his £2.4m win and now has a 24-strong welsh cob stud.

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