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A lifelong fan of Wrexham AFC was in “seventh heaven” after being chosen to help officially launch his beloved team’s new away kit.

Kyle Jones, 29, works as a programmer at Ifor Williams Trailers who are the club’s main front of shirt sponsors and was thrilled to be invited to unveil the white shirt and red shorts along with four of the players.

Once again, the distinctive Ifor Williams Trailers logo is on the front of the home and away shirts.

According to the club, the partnership was a perfect fit because of the iconic trailer firm’s community spirit which matched their own ethos as a club that’s owned and run by the fans.

The company, which has factories in Cynwyd, Corwen and Deeside, has a global network of distributors as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

Kyle, who lives in Wrexham, said: “I’ve been a Wrexham fan since I can remember and I came to my first game with my dad and brother in 2000.

“It was against Bury and unfortunately we lost one nil but that didn’t put me off – they were still in the Football League then and Lee Trundle was playing for us.

“I attend every home game with friends or even alone if they’re all working and like the rest of the fans, I’ve been through quite a few ups and downs.

“I suppose the most memorable moments were winning the LDV Vans Trophy in Cardiff and the FA Trophy at Wembley.

“Supporting Wrexham is in my DNA and it’s a football mad town so I was absolutely delighted to be invited to launch the away kit.

“To work for the company that’s sponsoring the shirts is just fantastic. To be invited down today. I’m in seventh heaven.

“It fills me full of pride seeing that IWT logo on the front. It’s a great partnership.”

It was a sentiment echoed by club secretary Geraint Parry who’s been busy signing new players in readiness for the first home match against Barrow on Saturday, August 3.

He said: “I think that it’s fantastic that Ifor Williams Trailers is sponsoring us again because they are a community-based business who have lots of Wrexham fans working for them.

“Although they are based in North Wales, they also have a world-wide reach and when you go on your travels and see a trailer in front of you it’s got the famous blue logo on the back.

“This is another vote of confidence by Ifor Williams Trailers in Wrexham Football Club.

“We got into the play-offs last year so hopefully we’ll keep improving and keep progressing. This year we obviously hope to go that one step further and get ourselves back in the league. That is the holy grail for Wrexham.

“We get better support at the moment than we did in our Football League days but we are a community-owned club.”

Striker JJ Hooper, 25, is looking forward to his first season at the Racecourse after signing from Grimsby.

He said: “I think it’s a really good set up here at Wrexham. The club definitely shouldn’t be where it is in the conference. It’s definitely a massive club and the fans are amazing.

“The new away kit is lovely. My favourite colour is red so I’m happy there’s a lot of red in the kit. It’s massive for the club to have sponsors like Ifor Williams Trailers that support the club all the way.”

Right back Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, 23, is another new Dragons recruit.

“It’s not just the 11 players on the pitch that help the team go up. It’s the fans, it’s the sponsors, it’s the staff and everyone else as well – so having good sponsors and us wearing the shirt with pride is a big thing.“

Richard Hughes, the Human Resources Manager Ifor Williams Trailers, said: “We have many die-hard Wrexham AFC fans among our staff at Ifor Williams trailers, including season ticket holders and Wrexham Supporters’ Trust members.

“Wrexham AFC has a brilliant track record for youth sport with the boys and girls’ teams, and also for disabled football, which is another reason we are proud to partner the club again this year.

“The women’s team gained promotion last season and we’re keeping our fingers crossed the men can follow suit this time.”

A 40-day fiesta of food-filled experiences will this autumn celebrate the fantastic range of produce from the north east corner of Wales.

Taste North East Wales will run through September, October and into November with 30 events showcasing ways for visitors and local residents to savour the region’s rich culinary tradition.

So if tastes run to black-tie catered rafting on the River Dee at Llangollen, afternoon tea in a prime ministerial library at Hawarden in Flintshire or a costumed medieval feast at Wrexham museum they and many others can be catered for.

The programme is backed by rural regeneration agency Cadwyn Clwyd along with the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB and the Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham local authorities.

The money is from a pot of almost £8 million of funding administered by Corwen-based Cadwyn Clwyd from the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government as part of a six-year plan to revitalise rural communities and their economies.

Taste North East Wales is being supported by Cadwyn Clwyd for its first two years but is then intended to become an annual and self-sustaining event which will include dining experiences, production tours, demonstrations, tastings, workshops and masterclasses and also incorporate the established food festivals at Llangollen, Mold and Wrexham.

Emma Cornes, Co-ordinator of Taste North East Wales, said: “What we are doing is showcasing this whole area through the medium of its fabulous food.

“We have put together a programme of unique food-based experiences and we want as many people as possible to explore, experience and eat the best of what North East Wales has to offer.

“If you want to go rafting, work in a community garden, attend a medieval banquet, visit an egg farm or go foraging you can do it and experience the unique flavours of the area through each opportunity.”

Pip Gale, of Gales Wine Bar in Llangollen, is part of the Ravenous Rafting experience which will include canapes made from locally sourced ingredients ahead of a white-water trip down the River Dee followed by Sunday lunch at Gales, again profiling key local ingredients.

He said: “We live in an amazing place with amazing food and we are now working together to put North East Wales on the food map.

“The produce from this area is particularly good. Everyone knows the lamb is fantastic but we have so many other food producers making lots of lovely products that deserve to be better known, from craft beers and ciders to chocolate, honey and ice cream.”

Cadwyn Clwyd Business Partnerships Officer Donna Hughes said: “Taste North East Wales have really come up with a wonderful range of activities that brilliantly combine our wonderful landscape and heritage with the food that this region produces.

“These amazing tastes deserve to be better known more widely and we believe that this project will do that by making people, both locals and visitors, appreciate what the area has to offer.”

To date Cadwyn Clwyd has allocated over £5 million on LEADER projects across Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham and liaising with Local Action Groups who have had the final say on funding.

For more information about Cadwyn Clwyd contact them on 01490 340500, email: admin@cadwynclwyd.co.uk or go to www.cadwynclwyd.co.uk/

For more on Taste North East Wales go to www.tastenortheastwales.org

A sample of performers at this year’s International Eisteddfod

Acclaimed musician and presenter Jools Holland OBE will open the International Eisteddfod next month.

The UK’s most popular pianist and former Squeeze band member will return to Llangollen and is set to wow audiences at the Royal Pavilion with his legendary Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

The jazz, blues and swing show-stopper will launch the 2019 concert series with an extravaganza of live music on Monday, July 1.

Holland will join a line-up of top musical talent, including indie chart-toppers The Fratellis, The Coral and the Pigeon Detectives .

The former Squeeze musician is best known today for his Later… with Jools Holland show and has featured artists from a variety of countries and genres throughout the years, as Vice President of the Eisteddfod, he is a familiar face at the popular event.

His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones.

Full evening concert line-up 2019

Monday, July 1 – Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
Returning festival favourite and Vice President of the Eisteddfod, Jools Holland, will entertain the Royal Pavilion audience with his legendary Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The jazz, blues and swing showstopper will launch the 2019 concert series with an unforgettable toe-tapping extravaganza of live music.

Tuesday, July 2 – Classical Gala with Rolando Villazón and guests
One of the music world’s most critically acclaimed tenors, Rolando Villazón will debut his phenomenal voice on the Llangollen stage. Villazón, who is known for his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses around the world, will be joined by the magnificent Welsh lyric soprano Rhian Lois for a spectacular evening of operatic greats.

Wednesday, July 3 – Saints and Singers: The Music of Wales
Wales has a world-wide reputation for its choral music, and Wednesday’s evening performance will showcase the Land of Song at its very best, with supreme Welsh vocalists Shân Cothi and Rhodri Prys Jones, accompanied by the British Sinfonietta Orchestra.

Thursday, July 4 – International Celebration with Jamie Smith’s MABON
International competitors from all over the world will come together in a vibrant carnival of cultures to showcase the very best from across the globe, as they weave through the audience with their giant flags in a vivacious display of international unity and friendship.

Friday, July 5 – Gipsy Kings featuring Andre Reyes

Hailing from the south of France, the group will bring their energetic set with infectious Latin rhythms to Llangollen for the very first time. Their music is warm, exuberant and hugely popular with trademark hits such as Bamboleo and Volare.

Saturday, July 6 – Choir of the World
In a live televised concert, the festival’s competitions will reach their exciting climax on Saturday, with the finest choirs from across the globe battling for the highly sought after Choir of the World 2019 title and the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy.

Sunday, July 7 – Llanfest 2019
Scottish indie rockers The Fratellis, best known for their worldwide smash Chelsea Dagger, Mistress Mabel and Whistle for the Choir, will headline Llanfest alongside Merseyside music legends The Coral, with their chart-topping tracks Dreaming of You, Pass it On and In the Morning.

Joining the high energy line-up will be Leeds-based indie icons The Pigeon Detectives, with the likes of This is an Emergency, Take Her Back and I Found Out, as well as pop rock trio Dodgy, with nostalgic nineties hits Staying out for the Summer and Good Enough to open the main stage headliners.

 

Music Director of the festival, Edward-Rhys Harry, said: “We are proud that this year’s festival line-up spans genres and generations, crossing the boundaries of age, culture and creed.
Tickets are available online at www.llangollen.net .

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is an annual festival of music, dance and culture, which includes competitions showcasing choirs and dance troupes from across the globe.

Each year it attracts approximately 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors across the duration of event.

Patients in and around Wrexham are set to benefit from a multi million pound Welsh Government investment in new ambulances.
In total, 111 new vehicles will be deployed across Wales, costing over £13.5 million.
The Welsh Government believes the newer vehicles will be more reliable, promising better performance and lower running costs.
There will be 71 emergency ambulances, 33 non-emergency patient transport vehicles and 7 specialist emergency vehicles that will attend major incidents.
All the new vehicles will be chosen for their ‘cleaner, greener’ credentials, with the 33 non-emergency patient transport vehicles being fitted with solar panels to convert available sunlight into electricity.
Wrexham Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths has hailed the Welsh Government’s substantial investment and said: “This significant upgrade of the existing Welsh Ambulance Service fleet will help ensure patients receive the best possible treatment.”
“The new, more reliable modern vehicles will help provide a high-quality clinical service for the people of Wrexham and Wales, improving the care, comfort and safety of patients, as well as working conditions for the dedicated staff.”

We’re back with our Focus Wales Takeover! We had days of great live music from local and international artists. Click on the links below to listen back to each set. Or check out the videos on Glyndwr TV 

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