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Teenage ballroom dancer finds partner after national plea

A teenage ballroom dancer from Newport has finally found someone to partner him following a national search.

Joshua Hicks went public with his plea for a dance partner after 18 months without one - even wondering at one point if he'd have to hang his dancing shoes up for good.

But Joshua's search finally paid off - and along came Maddie Rudkin.

Watch the two young dance partners in action:


American artist wins Cardiff's Artes Mundi Prize

An installation aiming to challenge "Western-centric" views on marginalised religions has been announced as the winner of the coveted Artes Mundi Prize in Cardiff.

Theaster Gates has funded urban regeneration projects by selling his works Credit: Museum Wales

An installation aiming to challenge "Western-centric" views on marginalised religions has been announced as the winner of the coveted Artes Mundi Prize.

A Complicated Relationship Between Heaven And Earth, or When We Believe (2014) sees its artist, the American Theaster Gates, win £40,000.

Established in 2002, Artes Mundi is an international arts organisation based in the Welsh capital.

Mr Gates' winning work includes a bull-sculpture based inspired by African rituals to deter bad spirits and a stuffed dead goat riding a tricycle around a circular track.

"The installation contemplates how objects have been used as signifiers of power - and perhaps re-opens them, to be real instruments of accessing belief."

– Theaster Gates, Artist

Officials say they the prize aims to support ground breaking international contemporary artists.

Finalists for Artes Mundi 6 will be displayed across three venues in south Wales - Cardiff's The National Museum of Art and Chapter - as well as ffotogallery in Penarth until February 22.

"Theaster's work stood out for its inspiring combination of historical research, visual art, performance and activism...We are pleased to announce him as the winner of Artes Mundi 6."

– JJ Ashworth, Artes Mundi Chair

Meet Florence and Glenys the UK's oldest twins

The pair were born in Abertridwr in 1911 Credit: Abermill Care Home

A pair of Welsh sisters have been crowned the UK's oldest living twins after celebrating their 103rd birthday together.

Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas were born on the 22nd November 1911 and grew up in Abertridwr.

The first identical twins to be born in the Aber Valley, they've spent most of their lives living next door to each other.

Now living at the Abermill Care Home in Caerphilly, the pair have five children, twelve grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

Modern bridge allows historic entrance to Harlech Castle

An artist's impression of the project Credit: Cadw

A new bridge installed at Harlech Castle today will welcome visitors through the original entrance for the first time in 600 years.

The 'floating' structure will be craned into place, creating a link directly into the Castle Gatehouse.

It's all part of a larger project which will also see the transformation of the former Harlech Castle Hotel into a visitor centre, housing an an audio-visual experience and tearoom.

"The key purpose of this project has been to deliver the Welsh Government's vision of presenting the castle and its history in a way that does justice to its status as a World Heritage Site,"

– Ken Skate, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism
Visitors will access the original entrance for the first time in 600 years Credit: Cadw

The work has been funded through the Heritage Tourism Project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and led by Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic environment service.

Cadw says it hopes the project will create a better visitor experience and bring increased tourism and economic benefits to the area.

Across Wales, historic sites and other attractions support more than 30,000 jobs and contribute more than £840 million the economy each year.

Harlech Castle was first built in 1283 Credit: Cadw


Appeal for mourners to attend RAF veteran's funeral

The RAF Association is appealing for mourners to attend the funeral of a veteran who died without any known family or friends.

Keith Ingham-Nutbrown passed away recently aged 83 at a care home in Llandudno, Conwy.

It's believed he served in Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka.

RAFA is encouraging anyone in the area to attend and pay their respects.

The service is being held on Tuesday at 2pm at the Chester Crematorium, Blacon Avenue, Chester.

RAFA is encouraging anyone in the area to attend to pay their respects Credit: RAF Association
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