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'Probably' the best (real ale) pub in Wales!

The Pilot Inn at Mumbles has been named one of Britain's best in Camra's latest Good Beer Guide.

Credit: swanseacamra.org.uk/

The Campaign for Real Ale described the Pilot, which brews its own ale, as pub as "welcoming and friendly."

This historic pub, built in 1849, is next to the coastal path and is popular with lifeboatmen, locals, real ale fans, walkers and cyclists.

– CAMRA
Jo and Richard Bennett receiving the Swansea Pub of the Year Award. Credit: swanseacamra.org.uk

The pub which was run down and derelict looked as if it had closed for good two years ago said the Swansea branch of CAMRA. The Pilot was reopened by Jo and Richard Bennett in 2012. It was an instant hit with locals and real ale fans and six months later The Mumbles Brewery was started from the back of the premises.

They have developed their own range of ales that includes Mumbles Mile, Mumbles Gold, Lifesaver and Oystermouth Stout.

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Seized cigarettes contain "human and rat waste"

Trading Standards say counterfeit and illegal tobacco seized in a shop in North Wales contains rat poison, rat waste, blood, plastic and human waste.

The cigarettes are said to contain rat poison. Credit: Conwy Trading Standards

On Tuesday, Trading Standards in Conwy along with North Wales Police and Immigration Officers search a premises and uncovered a large quantity of illicit cigarettes and tobacco.

We would ask that you share this information on your facebook pages and urge anyone you know who smokes to be careful where they buy their tobacco from. If someone offers you a deal for cheap tobacco just think what you might be smoking.

– Conwy Borough Council

Toy retailer removes loom band charms 'as precaution'

A spokeswoman for The Entertainer said customers will be offered a full refund or exchange on its loom band charms.

The charms have been taken off its shelves amid concerns they could contain potentially harmful chemicals.

The spokesperson also stressed that the loom bands themselves are not affected.

It was brought to our attention today that loom charms purchased from one of our stores may contain phthalates. At The Entertainer, children's safety is our number one priority, so as a precautionary measure we have removed all loom charms from sale with immediate effect whilst we conduct a full investigation.

– The Entertainer spokesperson

Loom band charms pulled over harmful chemicals fear

The toy company has emphasised that it is not the actual loom bands that are affected (file photo). Credit: Geoff Kirby/EMPICS Entertainment

One of the country's leading toy stores has taken loom band charms off its shelves amid fears they might contain potentially harmful chemicals.

The Entertainer said the charms could contain phthalates, which can disrupt hormones in children.

The chemicals, which are used to soften plastics, have been banned in toys on sale in the European Union for several years.

The Entertainer, which has 92 stores across the UK, is described on its website as the biggest independent toy retailer in the country.

In Wales, it has stores in Cardiff, Cwmbran and Wrexham.

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Gas supply restored to 'majority' of Nantyglo homes

Most homes in Nantyglo have now had their gas supply reconnected after a burst water main on Thursday left around 755 homes without gas.

We have been working since last Thursday, 21 August, to reconnect around 755 properties in the Nantyglo area left without gas supplies following a burst on a water main.

We have now managed to reconnect the gas supply to the majority of properties affected and are working with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in relation to those householders who are unable to use their gas supply because their appliances need to be repaired or replaced, due to water damage.

This has been a mammoth effort involving about 60 engineers at a time working 24 hours a day and removing over 150,000 litres of water from 10 kms of our gas network. We are now working on the hard to get at parts of the network in an effort to draw this incident to a close.

We have had tremendous support from the local community as we have worked to resolve this issue and also from Tai Calon Community Housing colleagues.

We would like to thank the community for their patience and assure everyone that we will soon have gas supplies restored to all properties affected.

– Wales & West Utilities spokesperson

'Complex operation' to restore gas supplies

Wales and West Utilities says it has restored gas supplies to around 600 properties in Nantyglo, which were cut off when a water main burst.

We have removed more than 150,000 litres of water from approximately 10km of the gas network and are continuing to remove water from where it has gathered at low points.

We have now restored gas to over 600 properties and continue to visit door to door to reconnect gas supplies.

All WWU staff will be carrying identification, and we are asking people to please give them access to their gas meters to turn their gas supply back on.

This continues to be a complex operation and we will continue to work around the clock to resolve this issue as safely and as quickly as we can.

– Wales and West Utilities spokesperson

Engineers visiting door-to-door to reconnect gas supply

Engineers are continuing to restore gas supplies to homes in Nantyglo Credit: PA

The majority of homes affected by a gas supply cut in Nantyglo have now been reconnected. Wales and West Utilities says 540 of the 755 homes left without gas have had their supply restored and they are continuing to work door-to-door to reconnect the remaining properties. The company says more than 150,000 litres of water has been removed from gas pipes in the area.

This continues to be a complex operation and we will continue to work around the clock to resolve this issue as safely and as quickly as we can.

Wales & West Utilities is responsible for restoring the gas supply to the meter of properties. If we are finding water in the internal gas pipe work and internal gas appliances we are removing this and liaising closely with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water – and where appropriate, Tai Calon Community Housing, to make sure that these are repaired or replaced as quickly as possible.

– Wales and West Utilities spokesperson

Engineers continue to restore Nantyglo gas supply

The remaining few pockets of water are being removed from gas pipes at Nantyglo and engineers will be going door-to-door today to tell residents their gas is back on. The system was flooded last Thursday after a water main burst - damaging gas pipes. Some homes have had their supplies restored by 660 are still without gas.

We are still in the process of restoring the gas supply to approximately 755 properties in the Nantyglo area that are without gas as a result of the impact of a water main that burst and was repaired on Thursday. This resulted in damage to gas pipes, and water getting in to the gas network.

We have removed more than 150,000 litres of water from approximately 10km of the gas network so far and are continuing to remove water from where it has gathered at low points in the network, so we can restore all gas supplies.

Engineers will be going door to door ... we are asking people to please give them access to their gas meters to turn their gas supply back on.

– A Wales & West Utilities spokesperson
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