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The global fashion brand using Welsh women to front their new campaign

High-end fashion brand Helmut Lang has chosen Welsh women aged over 60 to front its brilliant new women's clothing campaign.

The luxury clothing brand stars women from around south Wales in the advertising campaign, called Women Of Wales.

The colourful photographs and films form part of the second in a series of innovative Helmut Lang campaigns - the first featuring taxi drivers in Hong Kong modelling the brand's latest fashions.

Created by Merthyr fashion stylist Charlotte James, who has been working with the community in the town since 2014, with photographs by Alex Leese, the company chose to feature inspiring women of an older age modelling its autumn 2018 women's collection while talking about their lives.

The campaign features:

Dilys, an 86-year-old Welsh woman who is also the world record holder for oldest woman skydiver.

Puleng, a 66-year-old Welsh woman, originally from South Africa.

Margaret, an 86-year-old Welsh woman, who can be seen on the front of Helmut Lang's website. She is a retired funeral director and is very proud of being from Wales.


Merthyr highways depot to become waste storage and recycling facility

Council plans to turn its former highways depot into a waste storage and recycling facility have been approved despite concerns over potential fly tipping and vermin.

Merthyr Tydfil council planning committee has approved the authority's plans for Unit 20 of Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park which would see the waste facility moved from units three and four on the site.

This was despite concerns from neighbouring business to the new site Bookers that the move might lead to an increase in fly tipping, vermin and pests and rubbish being blown away.

But Councillor Clive Jones said he is not aware that there has been problems with fly tipping or vermin on the current site.

He said: "From what I have seen of it, it is well run.

"It is clear that facilities are as they should be. I don't think there will be any problems with it moving across.

"We need to ensure controls are in place at all times."

He asked what evidence the objector had for their concerns but the planning officer said that he wasn't aware of any issues either and that there will be strict conditions on the plans and will be monitored by Natural Resources Wales and the environmental health department.

The new facility will also house a re-use shop which will sell furniture and white goods which have been refurbished.

The existing building would store bales of recyclable material and a new building would be built to house food waste and electronic waste.

There would be an extension is to the existing salt store building for a waste operations building for the depositing, sorting and baling of various recyclable materials, including mixed cans, plastics, cardboard and paper.

All nine councillors present for the application voted in favour of it.


Merthyr Gin & Prosecco Festival

Penderyn Square - High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AE

September 8th, 1:00pm - 10:00pm

The brand new Merthyr Gin & Prosecco Festival takes place in the heart of Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, Penderyn Square, on Saturday 8th September.

The event promises a fine selection of carefully considered gins and prosecco to sample, taste and enjoy. The event will be split into 2 sessions (afternoon and evening) both offering a unique experience with cocktail demonstrations, live music and street food.

The afternoon session runs from 1pm to 5pm with the evening session from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets are £12.50 (plus an admin fee) and entry includes a free gin or prosecco on arrival and a free gin cup.

More information is available on Facebook at Merthyr Gin & Prosecco Festival and tickets can be purchased online from Eventbrite.

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