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Llandudno hotel named world's third best bargain hotel

The hotel has moved up three positions from its ranking in sixth place last year. Credit: ITV Wales

A seaside hotel in Llandudno has been named the world's thirst best bargain hotel, moving three positions up from its ranking in sixth place last year, according to the TripAdvisor 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.

The Lauriston Court Hotel was also named the number one bargain hotel in the UK to go alongside top three placings in Europe and the World.

The results of the awards also revealed that Llandudno can celebrate not one but two success stories, with the Wellington Hotel also featuring in the list of best bargain hotels in Europe, ranking in ninth place.


World Record attempts underway in Llandudno

The team get stuck in to the first challenge - eating chocolates Credit: ITV News/Rob Shelley

A team of six people are hoping to break four world records in one day in a bid to raise awareness of charity Blind Veterans UK. Among the challenges facing the team, which includes members of the charity, are scoffing chocolates, bobbing for apples, peeling carrots and slicing cucumbers.

Here are the record they're hoping to beat:

  • Eating 15 chocolates: current record is 3mins 59 seconds

  • Most carrots peeled in a minute: current record 591grammes,

  • Fastest time take to slice a cucumber into 264 pieces: currently 13.4 seconds,

  • Most apples bobbed in three minutes by a six-person team: current record 361.

One of the team, Billy Baxter, is no stranger to world records. Billy, a former British Army Staff Sergeant who lost his sight after contracting a virus whilst exhuming bodies in Bosnia in 1997, already holds a a world motorbike speed record.

The event is taking place at the Blind Veterans UK's rehabilitation and training centre in Llandudno.

Body of missing mum found on beach

Anne-Marie Sarjantson, 29, was last seen at her parents' home in Llandudno. Credit: North Wales Police

Police say a body washed up on a Merseyside beach is that of a missing Llandudno mum.

Anne-Marie Sarjantson, 29, was last seen at her parents' home in Maes yr Orsedd, Llandudno, on August 3.

Her disappearance sparked a major search around the Great Orme headland.

Yesterday a body was found at Formby.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and the matter has been reported to the coroner.


Commanding officer pays tribute to 'talented' soldier

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts' commanding officer has paid tribute at his funeral, describing him as "a talented young man with a bright future ahead of him."

L/Cpl Roberts was one of three soldiers who died after taking part in a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons last month.

Craig was a talented young man with a bright future ahead of him, both as an army reservist and in his civilian life. Craig was the epitome of the can-do volunteer ethos.

Craig will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him; his family, his friends, his colleagues. We will miss him greatly and will remember him

– Lieutenant Colonel Paul Morris, Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglican Regiment

Funeral for soldier who died on the Brecon Beacons

Craig Roberts died during a training exercise on the Brecon Beacons last month Credit: Wales News Service

The funeral of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts from Penrhyn Bay, Conwy will take place in Llandudno today.

The 24-year-old of 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment died during a training exercise on the Brecon Beacons last month.

Temperatures reached 30C in Powys on that day.

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