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Rugby Lions and miners' leader back the 'Love the Lagoon' campaign

Three members of the British and Irish Lions squad who drew a series against the mighty All Blacks earlier this year are supporting the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

Love the Lagoon

Man of the series Jonathan Davies, hooker Ken Owens and full-back Leigh Halfpenny are the latest local stars to add their backing to the on-going 'Love the Lagoon' campaign.

The campaign has already seen scores of local businesspeople, politicians, cultural figures, sports stars and members of the public uploading short video clips of support to the 'Love the Lagoon' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to show the UK Government the scale of support for the project across South West Wales.

It's hoped the campaign will encourage the UK Government to give the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon the go-ahead as soon as possible.

Scarlets, Wales and Lions centre Jonathan Davies said: "I'm supporting the Tidal Lagoon in Swansea. I think it'd be great for economic development, creating jobs for the region and benefitting tourism. So get behind it - love the lagoon."  

Points machine Leigh Halfpenny, from Gorseinon, said: "We at the Scarlets are supporting the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon because it will create new jobs for the area and produce renewable energy, which would be fantastic for the environment."

Scarlets captain Ken Owens said: "The Tidal Lagoon is a great initiative because it will supply the energy needs of South West Wales in a renewable fashion, bringing lots of jobs and infrastructure improvements to South West Wales."

Scarlets Chairman and Penderyn single malt Welsh whisky owner Nigel Short has backed the campaign, along with businessman Sir Stanley Thomas, broadcaster Mal Pope, Swans skipper Leon Britton, Gavin and Stacey actress Melanie Walters, Ospreys captain Alun-Wyn Jones and rugby pundit Jonathan Davies.

The 'Love the Lagoon' logo featured on the big screen at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday during the Swans' Premier League match against Watford.

Also supporting the 'Love the Lagoon' campaign is miners' leader Tyrone O'Sullivan.

"We are an island with the second highest tides in the world," said Mr O'Sullivan. "Surely any government would say to themselves this must be where we get our energy from in future.

"Coal has gone, oil is going to struggle, so there's only one way forward - the tidal lagoon.

"What a great thing this would be for any community. It's something that's never happened anywhere else in the world. The Tidal Lagoon would create jobs in Swansea and a tourist area not just for Britain but internationally. Any country in the world that has a tidal environment is bound to come here to see what's happening in Swansea if the Tidal Lagoon gets the go-ahead.

"I hope the UK Government will realise the importance of tidal methods of energy on an island like ours. There's nothing greener."

It is estimated the £1.3 billion privately funded Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon development would create and support 2,232 jobs and contribute £316 million to the Welsh economy during construction, followed by £76 million during each of its 120 years of operation.

To join the campaign, send your messages or videos of support to the 'Love the Lagoon' accounts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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