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Rare Pembrokeshire fish goes on display

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On display: At the Natural History Museum

A RARE fish found off the Pembrokeshire coast is set to greet visitors to the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London.

The blue marlin, washed up on Freshwater East beach last September, is to go on show in a new public exhibition inside the building’s iconic Hintze Hall.

It’ll be displayed alongside the skeleton of a blue whale that takes the place of the Diplodocus cast that has stood in the hall for 35 years.

The decision to suspend the blue whale skeleton from the ceiling of Hintze Hall (previously Central Hall) is part of a larger plan to show new specimens in the space.

The new displays will tell the story of our connection with the natural world through the Museum’s unique collections and research.

The blue whale was chosen to give an immediate, impactful introduction that illustrates Museum research into the rich biodiversity of Earth.

Blue Marlins are seldom found in British waters and this was only the the third to be washed up in the UK, and the first full one to be recovered.

Within 24 hours of being discovered, senior fish curaor at the NHM Oliver Crimmen and James Maclaine were on their way to collect the specimen after it had been reported to the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme.

“Marlin and sailfish are the fastest swimming fish in the sea, and are formidable open ocean predators,” said Crimmen.

“They grow up to four metres in length and sport a rostrum (a beaklike projection) studded with thousands of conical teeth, which are used to slash through schools of fish and other prey.

“The movements of blue marlin in the ocean are clearly related to water temperature – warm water currents are an important factor in their distribution.

“Finding this specimen in the UK is important in the context of signals of climate change. Having this whole preserved specimen, and a confirmed, accurate record, is very valuable for the Museum’s scientists.”

When the specimen goes on display it will have been specially preserved in glycerol, which is a new preservation material for the Museum.

Blue marlin were made famous as the giant fish at the centre of Ernest Hemmingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’

It is still highly prized by fishermen and is under threat from both commercial and trophy fishing and is listed as vulnerable to extinction on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

For more information on the new Hintze Hall display, visit www.nhm.ac.uk/

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Llanteg: Car crash causes large tailbacks

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A CRASH on the A477 in Llanteg has caused large traffic tailbacks this afternoon (Sept 25).

Emergency services, including Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

Rush hour traffic is starting to slow in both directions.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

There are currently no reports of serious injuries.

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TV voices lead massed choirs at St David’s Cathedral

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THE HEAVENLY voices of Llanelli’s Angelicus Celtis, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalists, will be leading an army of voices performing at St. David’s Cathedral next month (Oct 7).

Angelicus Celtis from the ranks of the international broadcast and performance voices of Wales’ Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers will unite with the Hywel Choirs, Llanelli Choral Society and Haverfordwest Male Choir (musical director Richard Stephens) for an momentous massed voice performance of ‘A Journey of World Music’ on Saturday, October 7, at St. David’s Cathedral.

The evening will also star acclaimed organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, pianist Jane Jewell, orchestral percussionist Gareth Hamlin – all under the baton of legendary conductor John Hywel Williams MBE.

The artists and stunning performance return to the cathedral by popular demand after last year’s sell-out performance in October 2016.

This year’s performance highlights will include magical moments from opera, classical, sacred, cinema, musicals and international music.  Exciting highlight will include Habanera, Benedictus, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Nimrod, a poignant tribute to veterans and the centenary of WW1, Holy City,  a world premiere of a choral arrangement of Karl Jenkins’ Palladio Allegretto by John Hywel & Jeremy Hywel and Angelicus Celtis’ acclaimed rendition of Nessun Dorma as seen by millions of TV viewers around the world… to name but a few.

Angelicus Celtis who have enjoyed a whirlwind year of television and radio broadcasts, were recently featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise filmed from Pembrokeshire where they gave a moving rendition of Be Still My Soul from the beautiful surroundings of Manorbier Castle.

Tickets for A Journey of World Music (£15, £20) can be obtained via www.ticketsource.co.uk/hywelchoir, by telephone 07795 236807, at St. David’s Bookshop or at the door.

Doors open 6.45pm. Performance commences 7.30pm.

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Parent networking groups to be held this autumn

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PARENT network groups for people whose children need extra help and support are being held this autumn in various locations around Pembrokeshire.

The groups are an ideal opportunity for parents and carers to chat to other people in their local area who might have similar issues facing children with additional learning needs, and share experiences over a cup of coffee.

The parent network groups are led by local parents and organised by Pembrokeshire County Council. They are facilitated by an Inclusion Support Officer from the Council who will be on hand to give further advice and information if needed.

There are eight different groups, which are meeting in Narberth, Crymych, St Davids, Tenby, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Fishguard, and Pembroke.

The sessions are being held as follows:

Fishguard, Town Hall

8th November

13th December

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

  Narberth, Bloomfield House

25th September

6th November

18th December

 

6-7pm

10-11am

Pembroke, Foundry House

19th October

30th November

 

6-7pm

10-11am

St Davids, City Hall

24th October

12th December

 

6-7pm

12-1pm

Haverfordwest, Archives Centre

9th October

20th November

 

 

10-11am

6-7pm

Tenby, Community Learning centre

26th October

7th December

 

 

6-7pm

6-7pm

Preseli, Community Learning Centre

19th October

7th December

 

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

Milford Haven, Hubberston Community Learning Centre

23rd October

4th December

 

 

6-7pm

10-11am

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