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Campaigners meet in bid to save Holywell post office

Holywell's Crown Post Office is one of eight being considered for franchise Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Campaigners against plans to franchise Holywell's Crown Post Office will hold a public meeting later.

The High Street branch is one of eight being considered for franchise out of 20 Crown Post Offices across Wales - leaving 12 by 2015.

The Post Office said it is committed to keeping branches on high streets across the UK, pointing out that around 98% of the total network in Wales already operate successfully through franchises and agreements with retailers.

But Communication Workers Union, the trade union representing staff working in Crown Post Offices, says Post Offices are 'key attractions' in town centres and believes there are ways to keep Holywell's open.

A petition has also been signed by thousands of people objecting to the plans.

The meeting will be held at Holywell Leisure Centre from 6pm.


Welsh acts Pre-Skool and Richard & Adam set for 'Britain's Got Talent' final

Two brothers from Flintshire are preparing to go up against a group of super - young, super - energetic dancers from Port Talbot plus a few other acts in the finals of Britains Got Talent.

The singing double-act Richard and Adam and the twinkle toed tiny tots Pre-Skool will be flying the Welsh flag for us.

Rob Shelley reports.

Pre Skool make it two Welsh acts in Britain's Got Talent final

The dancers, from Port Talbot, are all aged between five and eight Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent

Port Talbot dance troupe, Pre Skool are the second Welsh act to make it through to this year's Britain's Got Talent finals. The youngsters won the judges' vote to join Richard and Adam Johnson in next week's finale.

Singer Robbie Kennedy, from Cwmbran, also performed on Thursday's live semi-finals but failed to make it through.

Cwmbran builder Robbie Kennedy performed Bryan Adams's 90s 'Everything I do, I do it for you' Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent

Holywell brothers "made up" to be in Britain's Got Talent finals

Two welsh singers from Holywell said they are "absolutely made up" to be through to the finals of Britain's Got Talent.

Richard and Adam Johnson won the public vote in the live semi-final last night.

Speaking to Daybreak this morning, the brothers said : "We never in a million years thought we'd be able to get to where we are."

Holywell brothers through to Britain's Got Talent final

Holywell brothers Richard and Adam Johnson are through to the finals Credit: FreemantleMedia/Syco

Richard and Adam Johnson from Holywell are through to the Britain's Got Talent finals. The brothers won the public vote on Monday night's first live semi-final for their rendition of 'Somewhere' from musical West Side Story.

The brothers sang 'Somewhere' from musical West Side Story Credit: FreemantleMedia/Syco

Speaking to hosts Ant and Dec, the brothers said making the final meant "so much" to them after working hard over the last couple of years.

The brothers won the public vote in the first semi-final Credit: FreemantleMedia/Syco


Company director: 'too soon for speculation on cause of blaze'

A director of Mainetti, the plastic hanger company that owned the industrial unit, said the site had been badly damaged by the blaze.

Evacuation procedures are well drilled on site and were successful; no-one was hurt and all persons are accounted for.

We do have an Emergency Continuity Business Plan, which we are following at this time. Directors from the company are on site to deal with events and to answer any employee or customer queries. At this time, it is too soon for speculation on the cause of the blaze. We will, of course, co-operate with the formal fire investigation. We would like to place on record our thanks to the emergency services for their continued efforts on site.

– Graham Wilson, Mainetti production director

Fire investigation underway in Holywell

The industrial unit on Greenfield Business Park in Holywell Credit: ITV News/Gerallt Jones

Fire investigation officers are on site at Greenfield Business Park in Hollywell this morning to start to try and determine the cause of the blaze.

A North Wales Fire Service spokesperson said the site is currently being treated as a crime scene, but it was still unsafe to enter the factory.

A548 remains closed after Holywell factory fire

Firefighters are continuing the dampening down process following the fire at an industrial unit on Greenfield Business Park, Bagillt Road, Greenfield, Holywell.

Everyone is back in their properties, but the A548, main coast road passing

Greenfield Business Park will remain closed until further notice.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police wish to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during the incident.

– North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
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