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Swansea’s free fireworks are back – but you’ll have to wait until the tide goes out

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​​​​​​​Swansea’s spectacular annual fireworks show is set to return this year. Just not on 5 November.

It will be free to all though, and will take place over the waters of the bay.

With thousands of families and individuals are expected to attend, they’ll enjoy the show on the wide open spaces of Swansea Beach and the prom.

Given that Covid is still with us, organisers Swansea Council say they’re determined to try to make sure that large scale events are put on for people to enjoy.

To allow as many people as possible to attend the fireworks show safely the best location is Swansea Bay; people will be outdoors and will have plenty of room to spread out.

High tides mean that a show on November 5 isn’t possible for this location, so the best alternative date – Friday, November 12 – is when the show will take place. Low tide that evening will means maximum space for spectators.

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It’s the first time the show hasn’t taken place on November 5.

Unlike other large scale events, such as Swansea City’s derby match against Cardiff on 17 October, Covid passes are not required – this type of event is exempt.

Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “Our display on November 12 will be great and the low tide will mean that the thousands who normally attend will have plenty of space to feel comfortable and safe.

“We really wanted to hold the event on November 5 as usual – but the tide just wasn’t with us this year.

“We considered other locations such as St Helen’s sports ground and Singleton Park for November 5 but, for a number of reasons, they wouldn’t have been as good as the bay.

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“A number of other major fireworks displays across Wales have been cancelled because of the logistics of the venues and other pandemic related issues. However, we’re determined to put on a show even if it means breaking with tradition in order to be able to make it as safe as possible.

“Last year we couldn’t host the show due to the pandemic; this year, as we work our way back, we didn’t want to deny a bumper crowd the chance to enjoy the fireworks.

“So please come and enjoy the display – and remember, remember, it’s the 12th of November!”

The event is due to take place from 6.30-8pm, with parking available at a number of locations including the Recreation Ground, the Civic Centre and city centre car parks.

It will mean some temporary short-term road arrangements for the evening. They will include the temporary closure of Oystermouth Road (Between Sketty Lane and Glamorgan Street) from around 5-9pm.

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The free show over the bay in November 2019 attracted around 30,000 spectators.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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Cash and mobile taken in late night Carmarthen Road assault

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South Wales Police are appealing for information after an alleged assault between 1am and 2am on Carmarthen Road in Swansea on Tuesday 12 October.

A 60 year-old man was reportedly attacked while walking up Carmarthen Road near to the first bus stop after Dyfatty lights.

A woman is alleged to have approached the man, then assaulted him before making off with money and his mobile phone.

Police are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage, anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have more information to contact them online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference 2100358315.

(Lead image: Google Maps)

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Health board using converted shipping containers as ‘local vaccination centres’

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Swansea Bay University Health Board say they are making it easier for older people to get their Covid-19 booster vaccinations with the use of converted shipping containers.

Three containers, known as Local Vaccination Centres (LVCs), have been located in communities across the Swansea Bay area for those who may find it difficult to get to a mass vaccination centre.

The containers build on the success and experience of the Immbulance, the health board’s mobile vaccination unit.

And they are able to free up the Immbulance to be deployed to cover new areas.

The units can be located in one place for several days and include staff facilities, which means they can stay there longer and don’t have to be driven away each night and be brought back the following morning.

Staff are providing Covid booster vaccinations for those with an appointment only and aim to deliver 60 jabs every day.

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People can then wait the usual 15-minutes after a vaccination either in their cars or in the container itself.

One of the units has been placed in Seven Sisters Rugby Club car park to serve those in the Dulais Valley and neighbouring communities.

Another of the LVCs has been placed near the Guildhall in Swansea, which has proven to be a popular location for the Immbulance.

James Ruggiero, Swansea Bay University Health Board’s Assistant Head of Operational Planning for the vaccination programme, said: “This project is part of our ongoing effort to increase access to vaccinations across the Swansea Bay area. 

“These units are helping us in our aim to get as many people vaccinated as possible, particularly those who may have difficulty in travelling to our mass vaccination centres.”

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Lead image: Matthew Armstrong, immuniser; Andrea Howells, clinical supervisor; Ian Worthing, immuniser (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

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MP pledges support for local pubs in Gower

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Tonia Antoniazzi MP has pledged her support for the Long Live the Local campaign to help pubs and breweries in Gower recover and thrive.

Tonia joins over 125,000 people who have signed the petition so far, including 137 in Gower alone.

Ms Antoniazzi is calling on the Government to lower VAT for pubs and for an overall reduction in Beer Duty.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on brewers and pubs throughout the UK and continues to do so as the sector tries to kickstart its recovery.

The campaign argues that the sector needs an immediate boost and the fact that a local pub adds £100,000 to its local economy, creates jobs and acts as a social hub, underlines how directly investment in the form of lower VAT and an overall cut to beer duty can help pubs and their communities to recover. It will also boost Britain’s world class brewing sector, a homegrown manufacturing success story that brews over 80% of the beer we drink.

Brewing and pubs in Gower supports 1344 jobs and contributes £29m to the local economy. With £1 in every £3 pounds spent in UK pubs going to the taxman, British drinkers and pub goers are overtaxed and this is hampering the recovery of our cherished locals and Britain`s brewers.

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Commenting on the campaign, Tonia Antoniazzi MP said: “Pubs are at the heart of communities across Gower, but with pubs bearing a disproportionate burden as a result of the pandemic the Government should consider cutting unfair taxes on pubs that are hampering their recovery. I’m supporting the Long Live the Local campaign and calling on the Chancellor to lower VAT for pubs and reduce Beer Duty overall at this year’s Budget to support the recovery of pubs.”

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “85% of pubs are based in community and rural areas, bringing jobs to the parts of the UK that need them most. They employ over 600,000 people, of which 43% are under 25. Cutting VAT and an overall reduction in Beer Duty would go a long way to helping pubs and brewers across Gower that are desperately trying to recover.

“We are very grateful to Tonia Antoniazzi for her support for the Long Live the Local campaign, and hope that the Government listens to MPs across Parliament and the thousands of people across the country who are calling on the Chancellor to lower VAT & Business Rates for pubs and reduce Beer Duty overall.”

Lead image: Emma McClarkin with Tonia Antoniazzi. 

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