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Distressing footage of a sea turtle having a plastic straw pulled from its nose has prompted the director of a North Wales gastro pub group to ban them from his bars.

Rich Watkin of The Fat Boar in Mold and Wrexham was so horrified by the video circulating on social media that he immediately stopped staff from serving plastic straws in his pubs the following day.

Now customers at the popular eateries are offered a paper straw instead which are more costly to the business but much friendlier to the environment.

The move has seen Rich eradicate 5,000 straws a week from his Yorke Street pub in Wrexham and Chester Street pub in Mold.

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Young people from Wrexham gaining confidence and qualifications via a mentoring course have received national recognition for all their sterling work.
For almost two years, students from St Christopher’s School have been working with social enterprise, Empower – Be The Change and the successful partnership has been acknowledged at the Business Wales Mentoring Awards.
The students and Empower’s Founder, Jo Clay were all nominated in the Celebrating Diversity category and Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths recently visited St Christopher’s School to present the respective awards, along with Victoria Massey, Business Wales’ Mentoring Agent.
Students from St Christopher’s School have been working with Empower – Be The Change since October 2016, gaining confidence and qualifications through the ‘Empowerment’ course. After successfully achieving an ILM Level 2 Qualification and Level 3 Sports Leaders Qualification, as well as completing over 150 hours of community-based volunteering, 4 students advanced to Empower’s mentor programme, which started in September 2017.

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Thursday 8th March is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating on Calon FM. Our female volunteers will be taking over the airwaves for the day!

From 9am – till late, we’ll have an all female line up, bringing you some great shows and playing some amazing female artists.

Over the years we’ve had some wonderful women involved with Calon FM, presenting everything from business, health, specialist music, sports and Welsh language as well as helping out behind the scenes. Did you know the station is even managed by 2 women. This year, we’re celebrating our current line up – with shows from a few special guests too.

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The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is a music festival which takes place every year during the second week of July in the beautiful town of Llangollen, North Wales.

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has announced its star-studded concert line-up for 2018, featuring performances from best-selling artist, Alfie Boe, prolific recording artist, Van Morrison, renowned baroque instrumental group, Red Priest, and award winning Welsh folk band, Calan.

The Festival will run from Tuesday 3rd July – Sunday 8th July 2018 and tickets for the main concert series are now available to Festival Pass holders and Friends of the Eisteddfod. Tickets are also now on sale to the general public online at or via the box office on 01978 862 001.

Alfie Boe in Concert

The 2018 event will open on Tuesday 3rd July, with one of Britain’s biggest selling, most popular and best loved vocalists of a generation, Alfie Boe. The hugely successful recording artist and West End, Broadway sensation will be joined by his ensemble of stellar musicians, showcasing his best loved songs and communicating his joy of music, promising spectators an unforgettable evening of showmanship.

We have 2 x tickets to Alfie Boe in Concert as part of the Calon FM 10th Anniversary Prize Draw. Click here for details

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Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a million people, it’s no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance.

Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No MountainSigned Sealed DeliveredGrapevineGet ReadyDancing In The StreetsMy GirlBlame It On The BoogieUptightEndless LoveMy Cherie AmorAll Night LongHeatwave and many, many more.

You can win 2 x tickets for Magic of Motown as part of the Calon FM 10th Anniversary Prize Draw. Click here for details

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