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Katherine Jenkins honoured by Snowdon railway

Classical-crossover singer Katherine Jenkins OBE has had a carriage named in her honour by Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Katherine Jenkins cuts the ribbon on her honorary carriage Credit: ITV News/Ian Lang

Katherine, who's expecting her first baby later this year, becomes only the third person to receive the honour. She follows fellow singer Bryn Terfel and cycling star Sir David Brailsford.

Born in Neath, Katherine is one of the world's most famous classical singers, selling more than eight million albums worldwide.

She's also the first female artist to win two Classical BRIT Awards in a row.

Her carriage will become a familiar sight for the thousands of people who use the railway. Last year alone it saw more than 130,000 passengers.

I’m honoured to be one of only three people invited to have a carriage named after me by Snowdon Mountain Railway.This will be the first time I have visited the summit and what a great way to do so!

– Katherine Jenkins OBE

Today's ceremony is being held to recognise Katherine’s musical and charitable achievements and her contribution as an international ambassador for Wales.

'We'll miss him terribly' - family's tribute to sea rescue granddad

Tributes have been paid to a "selfless and brave" grandfather who died while trying to rescue two teenage girls who got into difficulty in the sea.

Richard Guest, from Walsall, was 74 years old Credit: Guest family

74-year-old Richard Guest and another member of the public went into the sea in Tywyn, Gwynedd, to help the girls who got caught in a rip current at about 3.45pm on Saturday.

A statement issued by the family said: "One of the girls came out of the water unaided but the other girl was still in distress. He was about 40 yards out from the shore and was seen holding one of the girls up out of the water in his arms by the time Aberdovey coastguard arrived and managed to save the girl."

Mr Guest had to be rescued by the Aberdovey Coastguard and was airlifted by the Welsh Air Ambulance Service to Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth, where he was pronounced dead.

He had been on a weekend break with his wife, 71 year-old Margaret, and they had been walking their dog on the beach when the girls got into trouble.

The family said they understood the other man who went to the girls' rescue was unhurt.

Mr Guest, who was also known as Dick, had a long-standing connection with Handsworth Rugby Union Football Club, where he was a former player and a keen supporter.

He had worked as a bank manager for the former Midland Bank and later worked for PFA Financial Management in Birmingham. He was a father of two, grandfather of four and enjoyed his allotment.

Scores of tributes were posted on the Love Tywyn Facebook page, describing Mr Guest as brave, kind and a "true hero".

We cannot imagine life without him. He was loved by so many people. Dad was brought up in Bethel, Near Caernarfon, north Wales, and attended Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen. He was a strong swimmer and was used to swimming on that particular part of the beach. It was just like him to do something so selfless and brave.

He was an active man who loved the outdoors, and was at happiest in Tywyn with his family. At the end of the day, he was a family man. He was a great father and a much-loved grandfather. We will miss him terribly.

– Ceri Donovan, daughter


'Monster' black holes discovery unveiled in Wales

NuSTAR was launched in 2012. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/DPA/PA Images

A meeting in Llandudno has heard that five 'monster' black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.

The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" black holes in the universe than were previously thought.

Supermassive black holes are powerful cosmic "drains" sucking material into a point of infinite density formed from the compressed mass of hundreds of thousands to billions of suns.

High energy X-rays emitted from around the newly identified black holes revealed their presence at the centre of five galaxies.

They were detected by the American space agency Nasa's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) orbiting observatory which was launched in 2012.

The space telescope is designed to pick up extremely high energy X-rays from distant objects.

The scientists presented their findings at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting, in Llandudno.

For a long time we have known about supermassive black holes that are not obscured by dust and gas, but we suspected that many more were hidden from our view.

Thanks to NuSTAR for the first time we have been able to clearly see these hidden monsters that are predicted to be there, but have previously been elusive because of their 'buried' state.

Although we have only detected five of these hidden supermassive black holes, when we extrapolate our results across the whole universe then the predicted numbers are huge and in agreement with what we would expect to see.

– George Lansbury, Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy at the University of Durham

Teenager injured after hitting rock while 'tombstoning'

A teenager has been injured at Llandudno's Great Orme after jumping into the sea from a high point - a practice known as 'tombstoning'.

The 15-year-old, from Llandudno Junction, was with a group jumping into the water but hit a rock, breaking his foot, and had to be pulled to safety by his friends.

The 15-year-old boy broke his foot after jumping into the sea from a height and hitting a rock. Credit: ITV News

He was evacuated by inshore lifeboat from a shingle beach last night before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

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