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Welsh schools nominated for national film awards

Four Welsh schools have been nominated for national awards at the Into Film Awards 2016.

The awards are designed to celebrate young people's involvement in film and education and encourage the filmmakers of the future, as well as well as recognising teachers' use of film across the curriculum.

The Welsh nominees are:

  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary School in Merthyr Tydfil, which has been nominated in Best Animation by 12s and Under.
  • Rhymney Comprehensive in Caerphilly in Best Animation by 13s and Over.
  • Alan Thomas-Williams, a teacher at Ysgol Treganna in Cardiff, nominated in the 'Teacher of the Year' category.
  • 12 year-old Rhys, from Barry Comprehensive, is a nominee in the Review of the Year category for his review of Stanley Kubrik's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

All four will compete in their contested categories at the event on Tuesday March, 15 at London's Odeon Leicester Square.

Among those presenting Awards and attending the event will be Michael Sheen, Celyn Jones, Iwan Rheon and Morfydd Clark.

The young people are incredible ambassadors for the school, I am sure with such an impressive first attempt at animation a career in this industry may lay ahead for a number of the pupils.

– Robert Davies, Headteacher at Rhymney Comprehensive in Caerphilly

Winners will be given the award and offered mentoring and professional support to help develop their involvement with the film industry.

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Wet Wet Wet cancel Cardiff gig due to singer's ill health

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80s pop group Wet Wet Wet have cancelled their Cardiff show tonight as lead singer Marti Pellow is ill.

It's the first time the Scottish band has scrapped a gig in its 30 year history, according to the band's spokesman.

This is the first show in our 30-year history that has been cancelled due to ill health, and unfortunately it will not be possible to reschedule this particular show.

This decision was not taken lightly and we understand that fans will be left disappointed. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by this sudden bout of unforeseen illness.

– Wet Wet Wet spokesman

The band added that other shows on the tour would not be affected. They're due to perform in Newcastle on Friday and Glasgow on Saturday.

Ian 'H' Watkins becomes a father of twin boys

Former Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins has become a father.

Watkins, 39, is celebrating the birth of two boys with his partner Craig Ryder, after a surrogate mother gave birth shortly after 2am on Monday morning.

Watkins announced the news in a tweet on Monday morning Credit: Ian H Watkins

H, from Cwmparc, Rhondda, South Wales, said he always wanted to become a father.

In 2011 he said: "I've always known that I wanted children ever since I can remember.

"Most of my friends have settled down and had babies and I suppose it just feels really natural that we are doing this now."

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Stereophonics to play summer concert in Wrexham

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Stereophonics have announced their UK tour, with summer concerts being held in Cardiff and Wrexham.

The legendary Welsh band will be joined by recent Brit Award winners Catfish and the Bottlemen, who are from Llandudno.

They will become the first artists to play a live show at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium since the 1982 Wrexham Festival.

Welsh singer to represent UK at Eurovision

A singer from Wales is one half of a duo who will represent the UK in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Joe Woolford (left) from Ruthin, said his experience on The Voice helped him prepare and handle the pressure of being in the Eurovision. Credit: PA

Joe Woolford , 21 from Ruthin will represent the UK in Sweden in May along with 20-year-old Jake Shakeshaft from Stoke on Trent.

Having gone head to head on The Voice UK in 2015, the pair teamed up to sing on behalf of the nation as Joe and Jake.

On The Voice, Woolford was chosen to be part of will.i.am's team but lost out during the battle rounds. He has since gone on to support The Vamps on their 2015 tour.

This doesn't happen where I'm from. It's a little place in Wales.

We hit it off straight away on The Voice and we really did become good friends. It just made perfect sense to work as a duo

– Joe Woolford

It's 19 years since the UK last won the contest which is now the biggest singing competition in the world with an audience of 200 million people.

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