Author: The Bangor Aye

Watch BBC’s Flog It visit to Penrhyn Castle in Bangor

Flog It, the popular BBC One antiques programme presented by Paul Martin, was broadcast from Penrhyn Castle in Bangor today, Monday 17 June. Paul Martin and his team of experts invite members of the public to bring their antiques to be viewed and valued, with an option to sell at auction. The items selected for filming at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Roger Jones’ Auctioneers in Colwyn Bay. Antiques expert David Harper finds an unusual Japanese writing table and Adam Partridge discovers a Cornish artwork that was bought with a young owner’s pocket-money. Presenter Paul...

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New plans approved at former Bangor Debenhams store

Planning permission has been approved to convert the former Debenhams store, at 196-200 Bangor High Street, into 4 apartments on the upper floors, in addition to an existing living unit, and retail units on the ground floor. The proposal follows a refused application for a much larger scheme of Student Accommodation in 2015. Similar plans to retain the ground floor while converting the upper floors into 49-bed student accommodation by extending the 130 year old building were withdrawn last year following local opposition. The building is currently rented as an arcade type retail unit where several businesses share the...

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Developers win appeal for 70 flats at former Jewson site

Developers who had plans to build 70 flats at Bangor’s former Jewson site rejected have won an appeal against the decision. The plans to build 4 blocks of flats incorporating 70 living units, at the former Jewson Ltd, Penlon Works, at the lower end of Bangor High Street, were rejected by Gwynedd Council in January. The application included 24 one-bedroom units and 46 two-bedroom units, with a total of 13 being designated as affordable units and 67 parking spaces being provided on-site. Gwynedd planning committee said the appearance and scale of the development would be out of character with...

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Bangor Doctor takes on four-day cycle challenge for cancer research

A cancer doctor at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor will take on a gruelling cycling challenge to raise money for life-saving cancer research across North Wales. Consultant Haematologist, Jim Seale, 58, will take part in North West Cancer Research’s Cycle of Hope challenge, which will see him cycle 300 miles from Liverpool to Dublin in four days. After spending 21 years as a Haematologist in North Wales, Jim is aware of the impact that funding can have on research projects and hopes that by taking part in the Cycle of Hope he will be able to make a contribution to...

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Fooling the Eye exhibition at Storiel, Bangor

On Saturday 22 June a new and fascinating exhibition will be opening at Storiel in Bangor. The Fooling the Eye exhibition is a collection of small quilts on this theme created by members of the Modern Quilt Group (British Isles), together with items by two guest textile artists who are local to Storiel. As part of the opening day Dorothy Russell and Liesbeth Williams, two experienced and innovative textile artists, will be giving a talk between 1pm – 4.30pm about their influences and techniques, illustrated with work in development and finished pieces. The open day event is an opportunity...

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