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Volunteers needed to help man the fort

Volunteers who help look after one of Wales's finest castles and proudly showcase it to visitors are looking to add to their ranks.

Oystermouth Castle

An open day is being held on Wednesday June 16 where anyone interested in joining the Friends of Oystermouth Castle can meet existing volunteers, find out more about becoming involved, what roles there are and how they might be able to help.

Specialist contractors are currently carrying out essential conservation works to the landmark that dates back to Norman times and when they are finished the castle will reopen to the public in line with national coronavirus guidelines.

Marie Hughes from the Friends Group said: "Whether someone is newly retired, a student looking for work experience, or someone who has a few hours to spare - there are many volunteering opportunities for people to get involved.

"Becoming a Friend is really good fun and rewarding. It gives people the opportunity to learn about the history of the castle and meet visitors who come from all around the world, as well as taking part in regular social activities if they so wish.

"Since the castle was last open to the public a number of our older volunteers have had to retire and some of younger ones are now working and can no longer spare the time so we would really welcome some new recruits."

There will be two drop-in sessions during the open day - between 10am and noon and between 3pm and 4pm.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration & Tourism, Robert Francis Davies, said: "The Friends of Oystermouth Castle do a fabulous job with the day to day running of the castle, welcoming and informing visitors, and we are very grateful to the volunteers.

"It is a rewarding experience so if you enjoy meeting new people and can spare the time then they would be delighted to hear from you."

For those that cannot make the open day, information and contact details are available online at swansea.gov.uk/volunteeringatoystermouth

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