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Young artist donates Sea King painting to RAF Valley

Emily Speakman presents Sergeant Martin Seward with her painting inside the Sea King at RAF Valley Credit: Corporal Pete Devine, RAF SAR Force © MOD 2013

A 14-year-old artist from Mold has 'blown away' RAF Valley Search and Rescue crews by presenting them with an oil painting of a Sea King helicopter.

Emily Speakman's painting 'Brenin Y Mor' - The Sea King - depicts a C Flight 22 Squadron helicopter flying over the sea near Holyhead.

RAF Sergeant Martin Seward said: “Emily’s painting is of such a high quality that I was completely blown away. It’s hard to believe it was painted by a 14-year-old.”

Emily and her family pictured in front of the Sea King with Search and Rescue crew members Credit: Corporal Pete Devine, RAF SAR Force © MOD 2013

After presenting the painting to the force, Emily and her family were taken inside the duty SAR Sea King - the same helicopter depicted in the painting.

The teenager, who has been painting for just over two years, said she is 'fascinated' with the Sea King.

Of her artistic ability, Emily said: "I used to watch a TV programme on art and asked my mother for an oil-painting set and that was the start of it.”

Her painting will now hang on the wall of the force headquarters.


Cash seized at Holyhead port

Cash totalling £75,000 has been seized at Holyhead port. A Vauxhall Astra coupe arriving by ferry from Dublin was stopped on July 25.

Investigations are continuing into the find and the driver, from West Yorkshire, is being given time to provide evidence of the money's origins and intended use.

“Where we suspect that cash may be linked with criminal activity, we can seize it and it will only be handed back if it is later proved to be legitimate.

"We are working hard to prevent drugs, contraband, illegal immigrants or the proceeds of crime from crossing our borders and these seizures show the robust controls we have in place.”

– Vicky Allan, Border Force Assistant Director

Inquest opened into Snowdonia cliff fall deaths

An inquest at Caernarfon has been opened and adjourned on two climbers whose bodies were found in the sea at the foot of cliffs near Holyhead.

They were student Jack Hutton-Potts, 23, of Petersfield in Hampshire and 48-year-old Vaughan Richard Holme of Horsham in West Sussex.

The pair had been roped together on the Gogarth cliffs which are up to 400ft tall near the North Stack at Holyhead on the north coast of Anglesey.

Friends raised the alarm on Saturday night when they failed to meet them. Three lifeboats and an RAF helicopter from the nearby Valley base took part in a major search.

The bodies were found in the sea on Sunday morning and recovered by the crew of a lifeboat.


Two bodies recovered from sea in Anglesey search

North Wales Police have confirmed that the bodies of two men have been recovered from the sea off the Anglesey coast.

It follows major search operation for two missing climbers.

The bodies have not been formally identified, but the discovery follows a search for two climbers - a 48-year-old man from Sussex and a 21-year-old man from Hampshire, who had been climbing in the North Stack area of Holyhead yesterday.

They were reported missing around 10.15pm last night. A search operation involving RAF 22 Squadron, the Coastguard and North Wales Police was halted at 1am this morning and resumed at first light.

The bodies were located in the sea shortly after 7.15am today. The North West Wales Coroner will be informed.

– North Wales Police statement

Major search overnight for Holyhead climbers

Search efforts have focused on the sea and cliffs between North Stack and South Stack, Holyhead. Credit: Gerallt Jones

A major search has taken place overnight for two climbers who went missing near Holyhead on Anglesey.

Two RNLI lifeboats went out at around 10pm last night, alongside the coastguard and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley.

The search was suspended at 1.30am due to poor weather conditions and resumed at 4am this morning.

The two men are understood to be in their 50s and 20s.

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

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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