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Gareth Thomas set for Cardiff Christmas pantomime

Former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas is to appear in pantomime in Cardiff later this year.

Alfie will take on the role of 'Dandini' in a production of 'Cinderella' at the New Theatre, and joins Lee Mead, Linda Lusardi and Mike Doyle.

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Thomas has enjoyed a diverse TV career since leaving rugby Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The production will run from December until mid-January 2015.

Since retiring from rugby, Thomas has appeared on ITV's Dancing on Ice and Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother.

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BGT semi-finalists Bars and Melody celebrate 1m views

Rapping teenagers Bars and Melody are celebrating after a YouTube video of their latest performance on Britain's Got Talent hit one million views.

Charlie Lenehan and Leondre Devries, from Port Talbot, tweeted: 'One million views! Thanks to everyone who has been retweeting and favouriting... love you all!'

They went straight through to the live semi-finals after Simon Cowell pressed his Golden Buzzer, selecting them as his star performance.

Simon described them as "really great kids", adding: "I like the fact that they wrote their own song based on life experiences.

"People are going to root for them and they've got this great friendship that is so obvious when you watch them together."

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X Factor's Sam Bailey for Ponty's Big Weekend

Sam Bailey headlines the July event in Pontypridd. Credit: PA

X Factor winner Sam Bailey is to headline this year's Ponty's Big Weekend. She'll be supported by Union J, the Big Reunion’s Damage and Rough Copy.

Organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council the concert will take this year take place on a Sunday on July 20th.

Festival favourites The Parades, Britain’s Got Talent’s Loveable Rogues and Tich will also take to the stage – alongside local talent.

X Factor band Union J are also on the bill for the Ynysangharad Park event. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council


Cllr Maureen Webber said,“Every year, we work with partners to secure the top names in the industry for Ponty’s Big Weekend because we want it to be a success, we want to boost the economy and we want everyone to have a wonderful time here in RCT."

South African celebrations ensure next generation 'will never forget'

Welsh chorus Only Kids Aloud will rehearse for the final time today before heading out to Cape Town in South Africa.

It's part of the country's year-long celebrations to commemorate 20 years of democracy in the country.

Sir Emyr Jones Parry, Chairman of the Wales Millennium Centre, says Wales' involvement in the celebrations will ensure the next generation will never forget.

Wales was prominent in the campaign against apartheid and it is only fitting that Wales' national centre for the performing arts should participate in the year-long cultural celebration '20 Years of Freedom - South Africa 1994-2014.'

By involving our children's chorus in these celebrations we are also ensuring that the next generation will never forget the immense sacrifices that were made for democratic freedom in South Africa.

– Sir Emyr Jones Parry, Chairman, Wales Millennium Centre


Katherine Jenkins to wed filmmaker partner

Katherine Jenkins holding her OBE with partner Andrew Levitas Credit: PA

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins has announced that she will marry boyfriend Andrew Levitas.

In response to earlier media reports that she was engaged to boyfriend Andrew Levitas, Jenkins tweeted: "Thank you for all your lovely wishes of congratulations. They mean so much to us. Happy Easter!"

Mr Levitas, 36, is a filmmaker, fine artist and producer, who also teaches at New York University.

Police appeal after man hit by car near Llanfaelog

North Wales Police is appealing for information after a man was hit by a car on the A4080 Llanfaelog on Anglesey at around 1am this morning.

The local man, aged in his twenties was left with serious head injuries, and was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

The driver of the car, thought to be dark in colour and with possible front-end damage , failed to stop. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call 101.

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