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Memorial to remember those killed in Preseli aircrash

Seventy years ago today an RAF Liberator bomber crashed in the Preseli hills, killing 6 of the 9 men on board.

For the last 30 years the event has been commemorated every year - and today the nephew of one of the airmen who died made the trek too . Our West Wales Correspondent Kevin Ashford was there, and sent this report:

Memorial in Pembrokeshire marks 70 years since crash

This memorial has been taking place every year for the last 30 years Credit: ITV Wales / Kevin Ashford

A memorial has been held in the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire to remember the 6 men who died when their RAF Liberator bomber crashed there in 1944.

Members of the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group, which includes relatives of a crew member involved in the crash, marked the 70th anniversary of the crash with a walk up to the crash site near Carn Bica.


Remembrance event for airmen killed 70 years ago

A group from west Wales will be taking part in a memorial walk and an act of remembrance for airmen killed in a crash exactly seventy years ago today.

The crew training in the Bahamas.

In the penultimate year of World War Two, an RAF Liberator bomber en route to an exercise off Anglesey came down in the Preseli Hills, killing six of its nine strong crew.

There were only three survivors of the crash.

Now, members of the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group, which includes relatives of a crew member involved in the crash, will mark the anniversary with a walk up to the crash site near Carn Bica this morning.

Robert Evans died in the crash. His relatives will be attending the remembrance event.

Blind WWII veteran to ride longest zip wire

A blind World War Two veteran is to celebrate his 92nd birthday - by riding the world's longest zip wire in north Wales.

Alan Saunders served as a Royal Marine in World War Two. Credit: JustGiving

Alan Saunders from Crawley, West Sussex will face speeds of up to 100mph as he goes across the 500ft, mile long wire in Penrhyn Quarry later.

During the Second World War, he served as a Royal Marine and is one of the last survivors of the 1942 Dieppe Raid - an ambitious assault on a German-held port in Normandy which resulted in huge losses for the British army.

He's hoping to raise thousands for the charity Blind Veterans UK - and has so far raised over £1,600.

I never thought that I'd be supported by Blind Veterans UK myself, nearly 90 years later! My sight loss wasn't because of my time in the Marines, but Blind Veterans UK now supports veterans like me, regardless of when or how they lost their sight.

Blind Veterans UK has given me a new lease of life and I wanted to give back to the charity. I'm dedicating my Velocity zip wire challenge to all the veterans who've been supported by the charity

– Alan Saunders

Scarlets wait on Williams fitness

Llanelli Scarlets' Liam Williams in action Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Scarlets Head coach Wayne Pivac is giving fullback Liam Williams until Thursday to prove his fitness for Saturday's Pro12 match against Treviso.

Welsh international Williams missed the 42-12 defeat against Leinster on the weekend after injuring his groin during his sides warm up in Dublin.

Although the Scarlets are confident he'll recover in time to be fit for the visit of the Italians.

Centre Regan King is set to miss a second consecutive game due to injury.

Pivac says he's keen for his Scarlets side to make amends after the heavy defeat to Leinster.

We let the fans down and we let ourselves down and we need to show we are a better side than that this weekend when we play Treviso.

We created scoring opportunities in Dublin, but we didn't make the most of them. Individual errors cost us and, if we have an error rate like that against the top teams, that's what happens.

– Wayne Pivac


Emnes targets Southampton come back

Swansea City's Marvin Emnes in action against Cardiff City last season Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Swansea City forward Marvin Emnes is set to give Swans boss Garry Monk a boost by returning to fitness in time for Saturdays Premier League clash with Southampton at the Liberty.

Emnes completed his first full 90 minutes for the U21 side in their 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City on Monday night.

The Dutchman, who signed a permanent deal at the Liberty in the summer, has not featured for the first team after injuring his knee in pre-season.

The former Middlesbrough star was an unused substitute during Swansea's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea on the weekend, but hopes to force his way into contention for the visit of Ronald Koeman's Saints.

Emnes told the clubs website:

It has been a long time. I was looking forward to playing games again and I now have that chance.

In pre-season I was playing well and having good training sessions, and I felt really sharp. To pick up an injury was very difficult but it's great to be back now.

When you get injured it is always disappointing, but the team is playing really well at the moment and I'm looking forward to getting back and helping my team-mates as soon as possible.

And it would be nice to be back against Southampton on Saturday

– Marvin Emnes

Swans defender Jordi Amat ruled out for 6 weeks

Jordi Amat, Swansea City Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Swansea City defender Jordi Amat has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a strained lateral ligament during Saturdays 4-2 defeat to Chelsea.

The Spaniard sustained the injury during the first half at Stamford Bridge and was replaced at half-time by Federico Fernandez.

The 22 year-old, who has started all four of Swansea's Premier League matches this season, underwent a scan on Sunday with a consultant confirming he will be ruled out until the end of October.

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