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Samaritans branch celebrates 50 years

The Cardiff and District branch of Samaritans will be celebrating their 50th anniversary later today.

The Samaritans service is available 24 hours a day for phone calls Credit: Samaritans

The branch, which is run by volunteers, has been offering emotional support since it first opened in 1965 and, since the beginning of last year, has answered over 42,000 phone calls to those looking for help.

The service is available 24 hours a day for phone calls and open for face-to-face meetings every day. They also take their message out into the wider community and provide support in schools, hospitals and HM Prison Cardiff.

To mark the anniversary, the branch is holding a fundraising event at the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay, which will be attended by Health Minister Mark Drakeford. They're looking to raise £300,000 for refurbishment of the branch in order to modernise it and provide disabled access.

Pontypridd like you've never seen it - if you're under 50

It's sunny, there's not a cloud in the sky, it's packed down the market and all the men are wearing their best suits - it's Pontypridd in 1963.

The five and a half minute film captures life in Pontypridd in 1963

This beautifully captured film from the ITV/HTV/TWW archive portrays day to day life in 60s Pontypridd.

People are shopping at the market, eating fish and chips and toe-tapping to rock & roll outside the record shop. A nostalgic look back to the way things were.


Proposal for new hotel and resort at Barry Island

The resort, at Nell's Point, has been on the market as part of ongoing work to regenerate the area. Credit: Vale of Glamorgan Council

A proposal for a hotel and resort development on the site formerly occupied by Barry Island’s holiday camp could be getting the go ahead.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has made what they say is "a significant first step towards another exciting chapter in the resort’s recent history".

The Nell's Point site, is currently being used as a temporary car park and the adjacent grade II listed toilet block.

The Council has agreed that negotiations can begin with developers on proposals for a hotel, leisure facilities and the re-use of the toilet block.

The Council's preference has always been a tourism and leisure development for Nell's Point and we are delighted to now be able to enter into discussions with a developer that shares our vision.

While it must be emphasised that we are still at the first stage of what could be a lengthy process, the outcome of the marketing exercise shows just how far Barry Island has come in recent years and the level of confidence that now surrounds the resort.

– Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration

If the new hotel goes ahead it would overlook the renovated eastern shelter, coloured beach huts, and popular climbing wall, which the Council says have been central to the Barry Island’s regeneration.

Pig on the loose causes traffic chaos in Swansea

There are traffic holds up in Gowerton in Swansea this evening following a report that a pig is on the loose.

The pig spotted in Gowerton on Friday. Credit: Steve Richards

There are reports of queueing traffic on Mill Street around the Elba Street junction in Gowerton.

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