Mid Wales

Aberystwyth seaside shelter reopens after storms

The newly-restored shelter was opened on Saturday Image copyright Alun Williams
Image caption The newly-restored shelter was opened on Saturday following a ceremony

A Grade II-listed seafront shelter in Aberystwyth which was badly damaged during January's storms has reopened.

The Bath Rock building on the promenade partly fell into a hole after its foundations crumbled as huge waves pounded the sea front.

The shelter dates back about 90 years and was built near the site of an old bathhouse.

It had survived earlier storms but had to be removed in the aftermath of the high tides on 3 January.

Ceredigion council chairman John Adams-Lewis reopened the shelter, as part of the town's Sea2shore Festival.

He said they had received major financial help from the Welsh government.

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Media captionAlun Williams is at the re-opening of the shelter

"From the outset, it was the council's intention to rebuild and restore the promenade back to its former glory," he said.

"We resolved to show the world that the county could bounce back after the damage caused and that the county, and not least Aberystwyth, was open for business for the tourist season."

The council also recently received more than £500,000 of Welsh government money to revamp the promenade's bandstand.

Image caption The devastation along the promenade left the shelter unstable

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