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150-year-old Princess steam locomotive heads to Dublin

People on Anglesey have been given a reminder of the age of steam today with the shipping of an ancient steam locomotive from Holyhead to Dublin

Princess was built to serve the slate quarries of North Wales. Now, she's being sent to Ireland to encourage visits between the two countries.

Ian Lang reports

Watch: 'Princess' leaves Porthmadog home in November 2012

Ffestiniog Railway built with Irish investment

The steam engine was on display in a north Wales pub until November last year, when it was put on show in London. 'Princess' will travel to Dublin by ferry from Holyhead Port later today.

The original investment in the Ffestiniog Railway was with Irish money so we thought it fitting that 'Princess' should travel to Ireland as part of The Gathering Ireland where she can be enjoyed by thousands of people at Heuston Station in Dublin.

'Princess' will be positioned at the ticket barriers so everyone who visits the station will get the chance to see her in all her glory as we have lovingly restored her to her former condition.

– Paul Lewin, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways general manager

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Makeover for Holyhead storefront

19, Stanley Street was a butcher's shop. Credit: Holyhead Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Holyhead Townscape Heritage Initiative says a unique Art Deco storefront in the town centre will be restored to its 1930s glory as part of a £3 million redevelopment scheme.

Number 19, Stanley Street was unveiled as a shop before the Second World War with its rare black vitrolite coloured glass frontage.

It has lain empty for several years but is currently being refurbished with a Holyhead Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project to repair and encourage the reuse of many of the town centre’s historic buildings.

THI says the mid-Victorian terraced property backs onto the Roman wall of St Cybi’s Churchyard and finds have come to light as work has begun on the building.

An old butcher’s delivery bike was found in the cellar and, in a back room, an old well more than ten feet deep.

Ferry job cuts: 'Too early to say how many in Wales'

Stena Line which has a base at Holyhead says 200 jobs will go across Europe

The ferry operator Stena Line - which operates out of Holyhead - says it's too early to say how many jobs will be lost in Wales follow a decision to make 200 workers redundant across Europe.

The positions under threat will be shore-based and not affect operations, says the company.

The RMT Union says around 50 staff will lose their jobs in the UK and they have been identified as clerical, call centre and managerial positions.

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Welsh Secretary: Event recognises Hitachi's 'important investment'

"Not only does this reception provide us with the opportunity to mark the very important investment Hitachi has made in North Wales, it also allows us to demonstrate the value we place in the Royal Navy, and the role this ship in particular plays in keeping our international waters safe.

"I'm delighted to show Mr Hanyu and his Hitachi colleagues the significance of their investment in Horizon to our local and national economies."

– David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales

Hitachi deal celebrated with Royal Navy reception

HMS St Albans
HMS St Albans Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A business event to be held on HMS St Albans will celebrate Japanese firm Hitachi in buying Horizon Nuclear Power. The company holds the rights to build a nuclear reactor at Wylfa on Anglesey.

The deputy chairman of Hitachi Europe, Masaharu Hanyu will lead the Hitachi delegation for the reception.

Representatives from Anglesey Energy Island, the Welsh Government, the Office for Nuclear Development and local stakeholders looking to capitalise on investment opportunities will also attend.

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