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Celebrity golf gets ready to tee off in Newport

Today sees the start of the Celebrity Cup golf competition at the Celtic Manor.

Former Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher will be putting the celebrities through their paces in skills challenges which will also include special guest star, Jesse Metcalfe, of Desperate Housewives and Dallas fame.

The four captains hoping to lead their respective teams to victory are Rob Brydon (Wales), Mike Tindall (England), Keith Duffy (Ireland) and Gavin Hastings (Scotland).

Last year the event raised £65,000.

Rob Brydon taking on his teammates in last year's event

The action begins with a practice round today before the competition proper tees off with the first round robin matches over nine holes on Saturday morning.

Further matches take place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning before the winners and team standings are decided in the final matches on Sunday afternoon.

Travel warning ahead of Swansea Kings of Leon gig

Swansea Council is urging people attending tonight's Kings of Leon concert to plan their journeys carefully to avoid possible travel disruption.

The American rockers are performing at the Liberty Stadium as part of a worldwide tour.

"Events often lead to congestion around the stadium, and so concert goers are urged to plan your route, arrive in plenty of time and use official travel options" said a spokesperson.

"A free shuttle bus service will operate to and from High Street train station".

The Kings of Leon performing in Glasgow in May Credit: PA

The A4067 dual carriageway opposite the Liberty Stadium will be closed for "at least" 30 minutes after the end of the concert.

Park & ride sites at Felindre and Fabian Way will open two hours before the stadium gates, while the High Street multistorey park & ride will be open throughout the day.

Visit the council website for more details

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Welsh Music Foundation suspends operations

The body responsible for developing the music industry in Wales is to suspend its operations after a three-year funding arrangement with the Welsh Government came to an end.

The Welsh Music Foundation provided training and promotion for people involved in music in Wales Credit: Welsh Music Foundation

In a statement posted on the body's website, a Welsh Music Foundation (WMF) spokesperson said they had turned down an offer of a six-month extension.

"Despite our efforts over the past nine months to negotiate continued core-funding, the Welsh Government’s offer of a six month extension to enable the company to secure an alternative income stream whilst continuing to provide the core service was deemed by the Board an unviable proposal"

Three members of staff will now be made redundant.

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Singer and broadcaster Cerys Matthews gets an MBE

Singer and broadcaster Cerys Matthews said she was honoured to land an MBE for her services to music - and said it was more for the records she had played on air, than the ones she had made herself.

The 45 year old said: "I am delighted to receive this honour, and accept it not so much for the music I've made but for the music I've played on my BBC 6 Music show.

Cerys Matthews. Credit: ITV News

"Folk , blues , jazz , traditional music whose authors didn't receive recognition in their lifetimes. I am passionate about sharing music, through writing books, making documentaries and, of course, through the wonder that is radio... and to receive recognition for this is incredible."

Matthews, formerly the singer of Welsh band Catatonia and now a radio and TV presenter, said it was "incredible" to be recognised for her passion for sharing her love of music

Find out who else received an honour from the Queen here

Port Talbot act Bars and Melody finish third in BGT final

Bars and Melody, featuring 13-year-old Leondre Devries from Port Talbot, have finished third in the final of Britain's Got Talent.

In Saturday night's final on ITV, Leondre and his friend Charlie Lenehan again performed the song 'Hope' by Twista ft Faith Evans, with Leondre rapping about bullying, which he experienced when he was younger.

Operatic boy band Collabro won Britain's Got Talent 2014 - with singer Lucy Kay second.

Bars and Melody are the latest Port Talbot act to star on the ITV talent show. Paul Potts won the first series in 2007, and young dancers Nu Sxool and Pre-Skool made the final the last two years.

Watch: Bars and Melody again show that Port Talbot's Got Talent

ITV Wales filmed with Leondre - rapping, and speaking about his experiences of bullying - back in November 2012 - before he went on Britain's Got Talent.

Watch: BGT star Leondre on ITV Wales before he was famous

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