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80s icon Steve Strange dies of a heart attack

Strange was brought up in Newbridge, South Wales Credit: PA

New Romantic pioneer Steve Strange has died of a heart attack in Egypt at the age of 55, his record label said.

The Welsh pop singer found fame in the 1980s as frontman for Visage whose best known hit was Fade To Grey.

Marc Green, label manager at August Day Recordings, said: "We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday February 12 in Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital, Egypt.

"Steve died in his sleep of heart failure. Steve's family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death. Steve's family request privacy at this extremely difficult time."

Strange also managed the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, a focal point for the New Romantic movement.


Shakin' Stevens back home for St David's Day

Welsh legend Shakin’ Stevens has been announced to perform at the Wales Millennium Centre’s St David’s Day concert. Stevens will join the all-Wales line up to celebrate 50 years of number one hit singles made famous by Welsh artists.

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Shakin’ will be making his debut appearance at Wales Millennium Centre on 1st March.

Shakin' fans at Glastonbury. Credit: PA

'Wales at No.1 will be hosted by the One Show’s Alex Jones will be joined by Ricky Valance who made rock and roll history in 1960 by becoming the first Welshman to reach number one in the UK charts with “Tell Laura I Love Her”.

The centre will also celebrate St. David’s Day throughout the weekend with free performances from other Welsh artists.

'Pride' writer and producer take home a BAFTA

The writer and producer of 'Pride', the film telling the true story of gay and lesbian activists who raised money to help families affected by the miners strike in 1984, have won a British Academy Award.

Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone with their awards. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/ Empics Entertainment

Writer Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone scooped the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer BAFTA at the award ceremony in London.

The award is the latest addition to the film's ever increasing collection, having won Best British Film, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting actress at the Independent Film Awards last year.


Pride up for three BAFTA awards

'Pride' is about gay activists who raised money for the miners in 1984 Credit: Pride

The film Pride, which is set in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley has been nominated for Best British Film at this year's BAFTA awards.

The movie depicts the true story of gay activists who stood shoulder to shoulder with Welsh miners during the strike of 1984/85. It's up against six other films including Paddington and The Imitation Game.

Imelda Staunton has also been nominated for best Supporting Actress for her part in the movie.

Its final nomination is for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

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