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Tenby fort set to be reopened as tourist attraction

A Victorian fort on an island off Tenby looks set to be reopened as a tourist attraction after being closed for decades.

A previous application to reopen St Catherine's was turned down by National Park planners.

But a revised scheme has been recommended for approval tomorrow because of the "economic benefit" a new attraction would bring to the area.

'Seagull-proof' bin bags go on trial in Tenby

A Welsh coastal town is swooping down on seagulls.

Tenby has launched a trial of seagull proof rubbish bags to reduce street litter which it hopes will deter gulls and other animals from attacking kerbside waste.

Credit: Pembrokeshire County Council

The two month trial is a joint initiative between Pembrokeshire County Council and Tenby Town Council.

What seagulls can do when they attack kerbside waste.

Householders in selected streets have been written to about the scheme and offered gull proof bags free of charge for the duration of the pilot.

If the trial proves successful then the bags, which are re-useable, will be made available for sale to residents who want them on a permanent basis.

Tenby festive swim 'huge success'

Thousands turned out to watch the event as the swimmers made their way to the sea Credit: Gareth Davies Photography
Swimmers revel in the 10 degree waters at Tenby Credit: Gareth Davies Photography

Hundreds of festive bathers have splashed out in the sunshine to make the 43rd Tenby Boxing Day Swim a big success.

The Pantomime theme proved a big hit Credit: Gareth Davies Photography

The Pantomime fancy dress inspired Snow White, Ugly Sisters, fairies both good and wicked, Puss in Boots (and without boots) and even a panto zebra to take the plunge in the 10 degree sea.

Two women sport their impressive animal costumes Credit: Gareth Davies Photography
Some stayed in the freezing sea for up to 20 minutes Credit: Gareth Davies Photography

More than 550 swimmers were presented with their commemorative medal around a warming beach bonfire.

It's hoped the event will raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Chris Osborne, Chairman of the Tenby Sea Swimming Association said:

“It’s been another great swim, with glorious weather creating ideal conditions. We’ve seen some highly entertaining costumes and it’s been a brilliant morning for everyone - including, we hope, all the charities who will benefit.”


First one-man show for 99 year-old artist

The one-man show will be the first for the 99 year-old artist. Credit: Wales News Service

Old master John Beck sold thousands of his artworks over the years but his paintings have never been shown off as a collection. But with his 100th birthday looming, John's family decided to put on a one-man show in Tenby.

Great-grandad John still paints every day and says it helps to keep him young. The father-of-four was never a full-time artist and earned his living as a hotelier and an antique dealer. In his younger days he was a friend of the hell-raising Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and the artist Augustus John.

Widower John sold his early work to admirers for a few pounds - but some of his canvasses are on sale for £400 at his first exhibition which opens on Saturday and was organised by his daughter Prue who he lives with in the village of Cosheston, near Pembroke.

Pruse said, ""He has turned his hand to many things over the years, sport, antiques, property, betting on horses - but, by his own admission, has not decided what he wants to do yet!"

The retrospective exhibition will be held at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery from November 30 until December 21.

John Beck first sold his work for just a few pounds. Credit: John Beck

Catch-up: Coast & Country episode 2

In this episode:

Andrew is in Merthyr Tydfil at the new mountain biking centre 'Bike Park Wales.' He meets the brains behind the project and takes to the trails himself. The park is open from 9am till 5pm during the Winter, and day passes for the uplift service start at £30.

Hannah joins us from Tenby in Pembrokeshire. She speaks to the man behind plans to transform St. Catherine's Island into a tourist attraction. Just 100 metres off the coast, it's been closed to the public for the past thirty years. For more information on the plans visit their website.

Carl joins History Chef Ceri at Tretower Court and Castle in Crickhowell. He finds out about the varied history of the site, from it's time as a grand country house, through to it's restoration.

If you want to have a go at tonight's recipe, you'll need:

Plain Flour

Water (but we're using milk and butter to make the biscuits a little softer)

A little salt - (not used in the past)

We served our biscuits with an Apple and Pear marmalade.

Last but not least, Ruth continues her journey along the Wales Coastal Path, this time stopping off in Pembrokeshire. She meets Marten Lewis from The Darwin Experience, a charity aiming to encourage more young people to take an interest in science. She visits Porthclais and St. Brides Haven.

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Coast & Country: Exploring Tenby's forgotten island

Hannah exploring the inside of St. Catherine's Island Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

In tonight's episode:

Hannah Thomas explores an island off Tenby that's been closed to the public for the past thirty years.

Just one hundred metres off the Pembrokeshire coast, Saint Catherine's Island is home to a fort that's had many different uses over the years.

Tenby in the Summer sunshine Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

It's been used as a military base, a house, and even as a zoo in the sixties.

But, after being abandoned for thirty years, there are now plans to turn it back into a tourist attraction.

Theme park visitors left stranded on ride 100ft in air

The ride's passengers were stuck just before making a near-vertical descent. Credit: Wales News Service

Visitors to a Pembrokeshire theme park were left stranded 100ft in the air for half an hour, when a ride broke down in a power cut.

Seven passengers were stuck on the ride called Speed at Oakwood Theme Park, near Tenby, yesterday.

The park's website says visitors should "hold tight and get ready for 2000 feet of fast, furious fun. You'll climb, plunge, roll, twist, turn and loop on super fast orange rails at speeds of up to 95kph. And be left begging for more!"

A spokesman for Oakwood Theme Park said: "We identified an external power cut or surge which affected the ride and nearby restaurant. We checked on the well-being of the passengers, using the engineering lift to speak to them and explain that the ride was going to be restarted."

"As a further safety precaution, the ride was closed down for the day. The wellbeing of our visitors is at the heart of everything we do and there are strict procedures in place to ensure their safety."

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