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Plans for Cowbridge livestock market unveiled

An action group set up to save a 200-year-old livestock market site in Cowbridge has unveiled its plans to regenerate the area.

Plans will go on display at the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show on Wednesday 12th August. Credit: theexchangecowbridge.co.uk

The site plans, called the Cowbridge Market Quarter, also consist of carparks and the development of residential apartments.

The current livestock market, run by Glamorgan Marts will be given a facelift and continue to operate on a weekly basis.

At the heart of the scheme say developers will be a market hall, called The Exchange to be used by the community. It will be used for selling local produce, crafts and space for resident enterprises and a community café.

Developers say the project has been given the green light by the council and it is now starting fundraising so that work can start. It hopes to raise £500,000 in 12 months.

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Crowds remember Capt Thomas Clarke in Cowbridge

Crowds await the cortege in the centre of the town Credit: Alexandra Lodge/ITV News

Crowds have lined the streets of Cowbridge ahead of the funeral service for Captain Thomas Clarke

Captain Clarke's coffin is carried past onlookers Credit: Alexandra Lodge/ITV News

Cowbridge shops close in memory of Capt Thomas Clarke

Businesses in Cowbridge will close temporarily today ahead of the funeral of Captain Thomas Clarke.

Funeral held for pilot killed in Afghanistan crash

The funeral of a pilot who was killed when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan is taking place today.

30-year-old Captain Thomas Clarke was one of two pilots on board the Lynx helicopter when it went down, in what has been described as 'a tragic accident' by the Ministry of Defence.

Captain Thomas Clarke from Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan Credit: PA

Capt Clarke, from the Vale of Glamorgan, died alongside Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner, Corporal James Walters and Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhuan.

He has been described by his Army superiors as a 'rising star' of the Army Air Corps.

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Afghan Serviceman 'gentle as they come'

Cowbridge rugby coach Richard Killock has paid tribute to Captain Thomas Clarke.

Richard Killock coached the serviceman as a junior describing him 'as a very good rugby player, totally tough and committed but off the pitch he was as gentle as they come.'

Captain Clarke, 30, from Cowbridge, enlisted as an army officer in May 2007, undertaking officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then joined the Army Air Corps as a pilot.

Deputy Prime Minister pays tribute to Afghan serviceman

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has paid tribute to one of the men who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

In a statement, he said: "My heartfelt sympathies go to the family, partner, friends and colleagues of Oliver Thomas.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas served with the Intelligence Corps Credit: MOD

"Oliver, or Olly as he was known, was taking a break from his role as a researcher in Westminster to Roger Williams. I understand from Roger that Olly was an incredibly popular and dedicated member of staff who will be greatly missed.

"It is very sad to hear about the death of a young man who had a promising future ahead of him. It is even sadder for those colleagues of Olly in the Liberal Democrats who have lost a fellow activist and dear friend".

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