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Volcano stories: The locals coming home

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 09:45 UK time, Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The local Press have been reporting on local people stuck overseas due to travel problems caused by ash from Iceland's erupting volcano.

Even though the flight ban has been lifted, people like singer Louisa Preece can expect delays and so her extended stay in Milan is threatening the latest production of Llangollen Operatic Society, reports the Leader.

That's not the only local event to be affected as actor Gareth David-Lloyd, who plays Ianto in the BBC's Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, has been unable to return from Australia to appear at Wrexham's Wales Comic Con, due to take place at Glyndwr University this weekend which, itself, is offering advice to students affected by the volcano.

Elsewhere, families like Jason and Laura Heywood, of Pantymwyn, near Mold, and their toddlers Jake and Kitty, have been told they could be stranded in Costa Adeje on the island of Tenerife for another two weeks.

The Rhyl Journal reports on businessman Mike Harris, who had been attending the first World Balloon Conference in Dallas and should have returned home on Monday.

Friends and family have sent out cash to help Penny Evans, also from Rhyl, who travelled to Venice to celebrate her 50th birthday.

The Leader also reports on the sad case of three sisters who have had to postpone their mother's funeral after being stranded in the Caribbean.

Travel agents like Tim Morland say they've never experienced anything like this situation before but, on the whole, people are "pretty laid-back".

The Daily Post reports that schools in north east Wales have been unaffected by the travel chaos despite a number of teachers being stuck overseas.

And local businesses like taxi firm Stanley's Travel in Rhuddlan tell the 'papers they've lost trade such as airport bookings as a result of the volcano.

Finally, among the overseas visitors stuck here include a group of Polish students on a cultural exchange in Wrexham. Locals have been rallying round to help him with things like meals provided by local restaurants.

[Special thanks to the Leader]

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