Vulcan pub donkey, WASPI women and why Casablanca won’t play it again: Five of the best Cardiffian stories from this week

THIS WEEK our reporters have covered a range of stories from WASPI women’s fight for a fair pension to the vital opening weekend of the Women’s Six Nations.

Here are some of our favourite articles that we think you will like when you’ve got fiveminutes to sit down this weekend.

A donkey in the pub

Elen Johnston  

Image: Photos of locals who spent their time at The Vulcan. Wales News Service/Amgueddfa Cymru and Mr Bernard John Kane Jr./Dennis Reid/Neil Moore

Customers at the old Vulcan pub on the edge of Adamsdown shared memories of the pub they fought to save as work to rebuild it brick by brick at St Fagans nears its end.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition to save the pub with big names including Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield backing the campaign.

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The WASPI women of South Wales

Billy Stewart  

Women in South Wales hit by a change to the state pension age feel aggrieved after a suggestion of up to £3,000 in compensation fell well short of their expectations.

“These are crumbs compared to what we should be getting. People my age have saved the government £46,000 each,” said Karen Gilgar from Cardiff.

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Women’s Six Nations kicks off 

Stanley Murphy-Johns  

Jenny Hesketh grew up playing for England in football and rugby – and even captained the Red Roses at U20 level – but she will play for Wales against Scotland this weekend.

The opening match is a vital game for both teams as they seek to kick off their campaigns on a high and both have an eye on World Cup automatic qualification.

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Eastbrook station’s steep steps

Zoe Glascow 

Eastbrook station. Credit: Jaggery

Campaigners say a lift should be installed at Eastbrook station after surveys of its users highlighted access problems posed by the footbridge. 

“It’s really user-unfriendly, if you like, for people with mobility scooters and mums with pushchairs,” said Malcolm Phillips, Plaid Cymru community councillor for Dinas Powys. 

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Casablanca won’t play it again, Sam  

Megan Ballantyne 

Credit: (left and centre) The Casablanca Club and Café (right) Nick Sarebi, Flickr

A venue in Butetown, established on the site of the iconic Tiger Bay Casablanca Club, has been forced to close just a year after it opened its doors. 

‘It is impossible to run a small business in that area,’ says woman who revived iconic venue.

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