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Vulcan flies for first and last time over Swansea Bay

One of the world's most popular aircraft, Vulcan XH558, has begun her last flying season and has made her first and, sadly, last appearance at the Wales National Airshow in Swansea Bay.

Vulcan Bomber flies over Swansea Bay Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The aircraft, which was operational from the 1950s to 1985, played a vital role in the knife-edge tension of the Cold War.

“It’s superb news to be bringing Vulcan XH558 back to an area we have sadly been unable to cover for far too long.

It will give people across all of South Wales a great opportunity to see a Vulcan fly again, sadly in this her farewell season.

I’d urge everyone to grasp the opportunity of one last precious memory.”

– Michael Trotter, Vulcan to the Sky Trust

Watch the Vulcan XH558 in action:

The Airshow is visible along the entire 5 mile stretch of Swansea Bay.

Crowds can enjoy spectacular views of the air displays which feature some of the world's best military and civilian aviation display teams.

Ground attractions include an interactive military village, trade stands, children's entertainment, funfair and lots more.

Tributes paid to Welsh actor Roger Rees

Tributes have been paid to Welsh actor Roger Rees, who has reportedly died at the age of 71.

Roger Rees performing live on stage in 'What You Will'' at the Apollo Theatre in London. Credit: PA

The Aberystwyth-born Rees, best known for his roles in the West Wing and Cheers, also won Tony and Olivier Awards in 1982 for his role as the title character in the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby.

He was familiar to television audiences as Robin Colcord, a millionaire love interest for Rebecca Howe, played by Kirstie Alley, in 1980s comedy Cheers and more recently as British ambassador Lord John Marbury in cult US political drama The West Wing from 2000 to 2005.

Among his other credits was an appearance as the Sheriff of Rottingham in Mel Brooks' slapstick comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights in 1993.

Musician Rick Wakeman called Rees "a lovely man", with actor and director Samuel West called him "a sweet prince".

Rees, originally an artist, turned to acting in the 1960s.

Reports in the US, where he had lived for more than 25 years, said he had died after a short illness. He is survived by his husband, the playwright Rick Elise.


Katherine Jenkins to headline Llangollen 2016

This year's festival is underway this week - and it's just been announced that Katherine Jenkins will open next year's Llangollen Eisteddfod. The mezzo soprano will fulfil a lifelong dream with a performance of the opera Carmen.

Fiery gypsy: Katherine is excited about playing Carmen next year Credit: Ceidiog PR

The mezzo soprano says she's delighted to return to the iconic festival for the first time in six years.

She will perform a concert version of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen on the opening night of the 2016 Eisteddfod. The opera tells the tale of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier seduced by the fiery Gypsy.

I’m really excited as it something I always wanted to do. I studied Carmen at the Royal Academy of Music before I graduated. It’s special as it was written for a mezzo soprano.

I’ve always talked about doing this and it will be the first time fans will be able to hear all the arias in one evening.

I do usually include several operatic arias in my concerts but I have never condensed and performed all the arias from a single opera into one concert.

It’s something I’m really looking forward to; it’s always been a dream of mine to perform Carmen.

– Katherine Jenkins OBE

Tickets for the 2016 concert will be going on sale via the Llangollen Eisteddfod's website at 12 noon on Monday July 13.

Team Wales triumphant in Celebrity Cup golfing event

Welsh stars including footballer Gareth Bale and comedian Rob Brydon have won the Celebrity Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor.

Team Wales faced other celebrities from England, Ireland and Scotland in the two-day event at the Celtic Manor, held to raise money for the Caron Keating Foundation.

Team Wales lead in first round of Celebrity Cup

Team Wales are currently leading at the end of the first round of the Celebrity Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor.

Real Madrid and Wales football superstar Gareth Bale is competing for the home nation against the likes of TV presenters Vernon Kay and Ben Shephard, Boyzone singer Ronan Keating and Scottish soccer legends Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Gordon Strachan.


Bale shows off skills in celebrity golf tournament

Wales International and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has posted a video to his Twitter followers as the Celebrity Cup golf tournament gets underway.

Bale, who is part of Team Wales playing alongside comic Rob Brydon and rugby legend Gareth Edwards, is playing against Ireland and Scotland in the annual event at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Mixing golf with glamour and swapping the paparazzi for a putter, The Celebrity Cup pits stars of sport and entertainment from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales against each other on the famous Roman Road golf course.

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