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Funeral of Nos Galan Road Races founder to be held

The funeral of the founder of the Nos Galan Road Races will be held later today.

Bernard Baldwin was born in Barry in 1925. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Bernard Baldwin MBE, who died earlier this month at the age of 91, started the race in 1958 to celebrate the life and achievements of 18th century Welsh runner Guto Nyth Brân.

Over the years the race has had various formats and originally took place at midnight, but the current race is held in the evening of New Year's Eve and takes in three circuits of Mountain Ash, starting in Henry Street and ending in Oxford Street by the Guto Nyth Brân statue.

Bernard Baldwin was given the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2014.

Mr Baldwin was awarded an MBE in 1971 for his services to British athletics and in 2014 was given the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in recognition of the legacy created by the race.


Wales boss Coleman to be presented with honorary degree

Wales football manager Chris Coleman is to be presented with an honorary degree from Swansea University later.

Chris Coleman took Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, where they were knocked out by eventual champions Portugal. Credit: PA

The 46-year-old, who was born in Swansea, will be recognised after guiding Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

The honorary degree awards are made annually by the University to recognise those who have made outstanding contributions to the University, the region, and Wales.

Coleman will be presented with an MSc (Master of Science) degree at the University's Great Hall on the Bay Campus.

Valleys girl raises thousands for children living with cerebral palsy

A girl from the Valleys has raised thousands of pounds for children living with the same condition she has - cerebral palsy.

Mia's fundraising has won her many accolades - including a Diana Award earlier this year.

Mia Thorne has received countless accolades and awards for her charity work, and now her sights are set on her biggest ever challenge - learning to ice skate.

Lorna Prichard went to meet her:


Football-mad dad names son after Gareth Bale

A new dad from Aberdare who followed Wales' incredible run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 has named his son after the star player who helped get them there.

Gareth Bale celebrates qualification for Euro 2016 - a competition where Wales reached the semi-finals. Credit: PA

26-year-old Chris Perry admitted he loves Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and was in France for every match in the finals.

But his dream year got even better when partner Tracy Cann ended 2016 by welcoming a new baby boy.

Chris, who also has seven-year-old daughter Reece and works as a groundsman, welcomed Bale Perry on New Year's Eve.

Bale Perry was born on New Years's Eve. Credit: Wales News Service

We have already had a beautiful summer thanks to Chris Coleman's Welsh team. But to be able to have a son born in the same year and name it after the best Welsh player of all time makes it so special. We were overjoyed to know we were having a baby boy just before the Euros started. I think all fathers would one day like to think their sons could perform in a Welsh shirt and make the fans happy like Bale and company did this summer.

– Chris Perry
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