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Funeral of Olympic hero Ken Matthews

A date has been arranged for the funeral of Olympic hero Ken Matthews MBE who has died at the age of 84. Mr Matthews, who won the 20k walking race  for Great Britain at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games,  passed away at Wrexham Maelor Hospital after being taken ill at Pendine Park’s Hillbury Care Home. […]

Tributes to Olympic hero Ken Matthews who has passed away aged 84

Tributes have been paid to Olympic hero Ken Matthews MBE who has died at the age of 84. Mr Matthews, who won the 20k walking race for Great Britain at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games,  passed away on Sunday at Wrexham Maelor Hospital after being taken ill on Saturday night at Pendine Park’s Hillbury Care Home. […]

Historic cricket club discovers W G Grace link as it celebrates 175 years

One of Wales’s oldest cricket clubs is celebrating its 175th anniversary this summer – and an association with a leading law firm which connects it to the legendary Dr W G Grace. Denbigh Cricket Club can trace its ancestry back to 1844 – two years before Grace was even born and ten years before the […]

Veteran Dennis, 95, to be guest of honour at special D-Day event

A 95-year-old D-Day veteran will be wearing his medals with pride at a commemorative event to mark the 75th anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in history. Great grandfather Dennis Young, who now lives at Pendine Park’s Hillbury House care home in Wrexham, will be a guest of honour at the emotional event at the […]

Hoppy homage to Welsh roots of Guinness is black and white issue

With St Patrick ’s Day looming, it’s enough to make the Irish cry into their beer. The reputed Welsh origins of the iconic Irish brew Guinness have inspired a new dark ale that’s being launched by the Anglesey Brewing Company. Head brewer Tom Adamson will be unveiling the porter-style beer at the inaugural Anglesey Food […]

Bingo! Gertrude celebrates her 102nd birthday or 37,255 days of being alive

A bingo-loving great-great-grandmother who was born in 1917 when the First World War was at its height, Buffalo Bill Cody died and Houdini performed his buried alive trick has celebrated her 102nd birthday. Widow Gertrude Jones and her 90-year-old little sister, Gwen Davies-Barrett, held a small family party at Pendine Park’s Hillbury Care Home in […]

New state-of-the-art training centre will help protect former hospital site

A new state-of-the-art training centre that will help protect the derelict site of a former psychiatric hospital from vandals has been given the go ahead. Members of Denbighshire County Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the scheme which is the first phase of plans to regenerate crumbling ruins and grounds of the historic North Wales Hospital […]

Mechanic restores classic car as a tribute to his racing champ mum

A Vale of Clwyd motor mechanic is rebuilding a classic car in memory of his motor racing champion mum. The late Sandie Cooper was North Wales Ladies Autograss Champion several times with many of those races won at the wheel of her beloved 1970s Fiat 127 Abarth which was finally written off in a massive […]

Top cheesemakers bring a slice of festive cheer to veterans

A dairy farmers’ cooperative has bought a slice of Christmas cheer to war veterans with a gift of top quality cheese. Expert cheesemakers South Caernarfon Creameries gave three and a half kilos of their finest Cavern Aged Cheddar, Cheddar & Leek and Caerffili cheeses to the Chelsea Pensioners at the annual Ceremony of the Christmas […]