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Rhyl couple enter US balloon sculpting competition

The couple made this sculpture of the DeLorean car from the Back to the Future films.

A couple from Rhyl will lead a UK team at a competition in America next month, creating a British-themed sculpture using 30,000 balloons.

Mike and Sara Harris will compete in the large sculpture category at the World Balloon Convention in Denver.

The couple from For Every Occasion Balloon Artists based in Rhyl will lead a team which will be given 27 hours to build their British-themed masterpiece from scratch.

The team will have to make their British-themed sculpture from scratch.


Mountain bike track opens on former dumping ground

45,000 tons of material was excavated from the former dumping ground to build the track. Credit: Denbighshire County Council

A new mountain bike track will officially be opened today in Rhyl on a former dumping ground, after being funded through the European Regional Development Fund with the Welsh Government and Visit Wales.

The new Marsh Tracks bike park is built on the Rhyl Cut, where 45,000 tons of material was excavated to create the new track and cycling facilities.

The track was also built for less than it would have cost to take the excavated material to a landfill site.

Cycling and mountain biking contributes millions to the tourism economy of Wales. Credit: Denbighshire County Council

Clwyd Leisure: no way the jobs can be saved

Rhyl's Sun Centre is one of the three facilities that will close Credit: ITV Wales

Talks to save hundreds of jobs at three leisure centres in Denbighshire have failed.

In a statement, Clwyd Leisure announced that Rhyl's Sun Centre and Prestatyn's Nova and Indoor Bowls Centre will be closed with immediate effect.

They said negotiations with Denbighshire County Council over transferring staff had finished with no way the jobs could be saved.

They added that an insolvency practitioner to co-ordinate the closure of the Company.

"It is with great regret that the Directors have had to make this decision and they thank all their dedicated staff for their efforts and all our loyal customers who have supported us through-out these difficult past months."

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Meet the tattooed woman who will never see her body art

Tattoos might be becoming more fashionable - but it takes a lot of determination to decide that you're not going to offer up just an arm or a leg - but use your whole body.

That's exactly what Fran Atkinson from Rhyl went for. And now, eight years - and many inches of tattooists ink later, she's a living work of art. Whats more, she's hoping to make it into the Guinness book of records. Rob Shelley went to see for himself....


Blind Rhyl mother gets full body tattoo in record bid

Fran Atkinson has endured three years of pain for her body art. Credit: ITV News

Tonight on ITV Cymru Wales news at 1800 Fran Atkinson from Rhyl tells us why she's gone through three years of pain for the tattoos she will never see.

The mum-of-one says her husband and the tattoo artist have acted as her eyes, describing the details of her intricate artwork from her neck down to her ankles.

Plans for regeneration of Rhyl submitted

The regeneration could lead to hundred of jobs Credit: ITV Wales

Amended plans for the regeneration of Rhyl go on display to the public later today.

Initial plans to build houses, a hotel and a supermarket on the former site of the Rhyl Sun Centre were scrapped in 2008 due to the economic downturn.

However, with the outlook improving, plans have been amended and resubmitted to the council - with the potential for hundreds of new jobs.

Clwyd Leisure facilities handed over to council

Clwyd Leisure will hand back the lease for the Rhyl Sun Centre Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Clwyd Leisure will relinquish and hand back to the Council the leases of the Sun Centre, Nova and North Wales Bowls Centre today, together with the associated transfer of all site and support staff.

The Company is prepared to hand over to the Council all the fixed assets and equipment and a sum of £75,000 with a "real commitment" to provide further funds if they are available after closedown.

The Nova Centre has been handed back to the council Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

This will allow the facilities to remain open, secure the jobs of the staff, give customers confidence to continue using the facilities and allow the Council to determine the direction of the tourism and leisure offer in the towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn, the company said.

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