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Prom Xtra to return to Colwyn Bay for another fun-filled event

Published date: 11 May 2017 |
Published by: Annie Roberts 
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A FAMILY fun event is returning to Colwyn Bay’s promenade this weekend.

Prom Xtra, organised by Conwy County Borough Council, will be taking place on Saturday, May 13 with plenty of free activities to keep the family entertained.

The music line up this year, starting from 11am, includes singer/songwriter and radio presenter Sarah Wynn, indie pop artist Connah Evans, alternative rock band Retro Youth and many more.

Activities will be taking place on Colwyn Bay’s beach including kid’s quad bikes and Segway’s, go inside a 50 foot inflatable whale for story time with pirates and mermaids and touch rugby with the Welsh Rugby Union.

A selection of stalls, charities and exhibitors will also be available plus free health activities thanks to a charity partnership between Conwy County Borough Council, the National Charity Partnership and a collaboration between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, to help residents get active, have fun and look after their health.

A new cycle scheme encouraging families in Conwy to dust down their bicycles will be launched on the day.

Last year’s Prom Xtra attracted thousands to Colwyn Bay seafront and saw former TOWIE star Mark Wright take part.

Tim Ballam, Rural Leisure Officer for the council, said: “We are really looking forward to getting this programme underway so that we can start to make a difference in Conwy County. There is already a lot of interest in cycling in the area and it is a fun and social way to keep healthy, so we hope to see lots of families join in with the cycling sessions.”

Forces for Change will also be at the event on Saturday (May 13).

The campaign will see armed and blue light veterans reaching out to fellow veterans who are experiencing mental health problems with a goal to support them to access the services they need to recover - and to hear their ideas about how those services can be improved. 

The veteran-led campaign is supported by Welsh mental health charity Hafal in partnership with Bipolar UK, Diverse Cymru, CAIS, Care after Combat, Veterans NHS Wales, Carers Wales, Change Step, The Royal British Legion, the National Centre for Mental Health and Hafal Crossroads.

Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans, who has specific responsibility for Armed Forces and veterans' health issues, said: “We owe our veterans a huge debt of gratitude for their service. That is why we are committed to ensuring the appropriate care and support is available to those who need it.

“We know that some veterans are not accessing this help because they perceive a stigma around mental health. This campaign will help tackle that stigma, bring the issue into the public forum, and highlight the services available.”

To find out more about the cycle programmes in Conwy County, visit www.lets-dothis.org.uk and to keep up to date on Prom Xtra information follow @EventsConwy on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.promxtra.co.uk/en/prom-live

 

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