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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Police appeal to help find missing teenager

* Missing: Ellis Clegg.

Cheshire Police have put out an appeal to help find a vulnerable 16-year-old with links to Llangollen.

Ellis Clegg was reported missing on Wednesday August 17 after last being seen around 1.30pm at Lime Street Station in Liverpool City Centre. 

He is said to have links to the Runcorn area of Cheshire, the Llangollen area of North Wales, Newton-Le-Willows in Merseyside and Grimsby in Humberside.

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

He is described as a white male, around 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, with brown eyes and brown hair.

When last seen he was wearing a black t-shirt, black trousers and a dark blue hooded coat.

Chief Inspector Andrew Blizard said: “Sadly we know that Ellis does often go missing, but it’s important to remember that he’s just a child and is extremely vulnerable.

“As the days go by without us locating Ellis we are becoming ever more concerned that he may come to harm.

“We would urge everyone to think about how they would feel if their family member was missing for so long - please help us to find him. We just want to make sure he is safe as I’m sure you would too.”

* Anyone who has seen Ellis or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Cheshire Constabulary online or by calling 101 and quoting IML 1344925.

History talk at Llangollen Museum tomorrow

The following event is at Llangollen Museum, tomorrow (Friday) September 30, at 7.30pm.

Entrance of £3 on the door includes tea/coffee. 

Castle Street business creates extra job with new shop

* The new shop next door to ProAdventure in Castle Street.

* The interior of the new shop.

Owners of a Llangollen clothing and outdoor equipment shop reckon they now offer the largest selection of a top brand in two regions - and have opened extra premises to house it.

Its new shop next door to ProAdventure in Castle Street has also allowed the business to create another job.

Paramo is a British brand, which is Fairtrade, PFC free and popular with walkers, mountaineers and mountain rescue teams across the UK.

And ProAdventure's Pete and Lesley Carol believe they now offer the biggest Paramo Waterproof selection in North East Wales and the Marches.

They said: "We have more than doubled our Paramo clothing range and provided it with its own shop next door to our main Llangollen shop.

"The new shop has also enabled us to create another local job, paid at the Real Living Wage rate.

"Paramo use a pump liner, rather than a membrane of forever chemicals. The DWR, durable water repellency is PFC. Paramo waterproofs are fully repairable and just last and last."

The couple added: “We have been proud to sell Paramo clothing for many years, an effective clothing system for the Walker and Mountaineer in UK conditions. All our staff use and appreciate Paramo clothing in their adventures.

"We take time to make sure your new boots fit you before leaving our shop, checking your foot size and matching it to your boots and making sure the fit is right for you.

"We stock standard and wide fit boots and shoes from Meindl of Germany, Oboz from Bozeman Ohio and Grisport of Italy, along with insoles from Superfeet and Grangers, Socks from UK Brands Bridgedale and Horizon plus footwear care from Oboz, Nikwax, Grangers and Meindl. All Oboz boots come with a Free care kit while stocks last."

* See ProAdventure – Ethics and the Environment at:

Stalls on offer at this year's Christmas Festival

Llangollen Christmas Festival Committee has sent out the message below: 

Free tourism forum planned for October 5

* Llangollen Canal is a key tourism feature of the county.

Businesses are being invited to a free tourism forum this October. 

The Denbighshire Tourism Forum takes place on Wednesday, October 5 at the Oriel House, St Asaph, from 10.30am-1.30pm. 

The forum provides an opportunity for delegates to hear about the latest developments and meet other like-minded businesses and share experiences. 

Keynote speaker is Graham Boase, who will be providing a chief executive’s view of tourism in Denbighshire County Council. 

He will be followed by Tom Barham, Chief Officer of Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council, who will be discussing the recruitment and retention of volunteers. 

The third and final speaker is Anna Taylor, owner of Chilly Cow ice cream, who will be telling the story of this family business and how it’s gone from strength to strength since it established in 2014. 

Ian Lebbon, Chair of Denbighshire Destination Management Partnership, said: “The forum is a great platform for everyone in the sector to get together and share their knowledge, ideas and plans to ensure sustained future tourism growth. It’s not only for tourism businesses, it’s a good opportunity for students and anyone with an interest in tourism to hear from industry experts.” 

Tourism plays a vital part in Denbighshire’s economy, with a total economic impact in 2021 of over £432 million, and over 4 million visits made to the county.

* A variety of information stands will be present including Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Business Wales, North Wales Tourism, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Working Denbighshire. Book your free Tourism Forum place here -

Skates warns of 'terrible consequences' at hands of UK Government

Member of the Senedd Ken Skates (pictured) has expressed his fears for the ‘terrible consequences in store for us all’ at the hands of a UK Government he branded the most right-wing in modern history.

During Trefnydd Lesley Griffiths’ Business Statement in the Senedd on Tuesday (September 27), Mr Skates said: “I’d be very grateful for a statement regarding the economy. It’s pretty clear now that the UK Government, and the Chancellor in particular, has lost control of the UK's economy, with terrible consequences in store for us all. 

“Could we have a statement, please, from the Economy Minister, specifically concerning businesses and the likely consequences for Welsh businesses of a plummeting pound, soaring interest rates and also rocketing inflation?” 

On Friday, Mr Gething had tweeted: “The Tory policy to deal with the cost of living crisis: handouts for the wealthy, hardship for working people. They've failed to grow the economy, and now after 12 years the mask has fully slipped - this is an economic package that would make Thatcher wince.” 

Ms Griffiths told Clwyd South MS Mr Skates: “I absolutely agree with you. I think to give the rich tax cuts is not policy that most people would think was very sensible, and clearly there are many concerns you can see right across the markets, and the international markets too just really have lost confidence and trust in the UK Government. 

“I will certainly ask the Minster to bring forward a statement at the appropriate time, but I think it's really important we give the Minster time to have those discussions with the UK Government.” 

After proceedings, Mr Skates added: “It’s becoming clearer and clearer each day that this is the most right-wing UK Government in modern history. The latest incarnation isn’t even bothering to try and hide its true colours. As usual, the rich will get richer while the majority of British people suffer.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Leader carries tribute to 'incredible' Llangollen man

* William Jones pictured in the Leader tribute.

The Leader has carried a tribute to an "incredible" Llangollen man who lost his brave battle with cancer. 

The story says that, for a year, William Jones fought stage four Cholangiocarcinoma - a rare cancer affecting the bile ducts.

Sadly, on September 16, the 60-year-old former naval officer and firefighter died.

* For the full story, see: