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Snowdonia: Visitors to Eryri National Park warned about parking over Easter bank holiday | UK News

Visitors to Wales’s largest national park have been urged not to park on double yellow lines ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Snowdonia covers 823 square miles and has a population of more than 26,000 people in north west Wales.

Nearly four million people visit the park every year, but visitors have been warned to do so responsibly.

Eryri National Park have introduced park and ride services to try and control parking along the A5 in the Ogwen valley.

Double yellow lines have also been added along both sides of the road.

Traffic Wales shared pictures of the road on the first weekend of the Easter holidays as cars parked on the recently-painted lines.

The Welsh government’s traffic information service is reminding people that double yellow lines apply to the road, pavement and verge.

It says parking enforcement will be taking place during the Easter weekend and that responsible parking will make busy roads safer.

Since 1 April, an electric bus service runs eight times a day from Bethesda to Ogwen as authorities hope to reduce the number of cars on the road.

Angela Jones, the park’s partnerships manager said she hoped the measures would “encourage more people to visit the area responsibly and enjoy all it has to offer”.

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David Cooil is the head of North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent which manages the roads in the regions.

He said the agency had been “working closely with partners to address irresponsible parking at Ogwen”.

“We hope that these latest measures, together with last year’s parking improvements, will ensure that everyone can enjoy this beauty spot safely,” he added.

“We encourage those travelling in the area to plan ahead and to park responsibly.”

‘I can’t bear this bloody thing’: King loses patience with leaky pen as he signs visitors’ book in Northern Ireland | UK News

A pen faced the wrath of the King this afternoon as it began leaking when he signed a visitors’ book in Northern Ireland.

The monarch became frustrated and swore as the pen malfunctioned – and it appears it was not its first offence.

The King was at Hillsborough Castle to commemorate his mother, the Queen.

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As he signed the book he had to ask an aide what the date was, having originally inscribed the wrong one.

After finishing his note, the King passed the pen to Camilla, the Queen Consort.

At this point he lost his temper with the offending instrument.

“Oh god, I hate this,” he said.

His wife replied: “Oh look, it’s going everywhere” as the King wiped ink from his hand.

An aide went to intervene and take the pen from the Queen Consort.

“I can’t bear this bloody thing… every stinking time,” the King said as he walked away.

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The King had also needed assistance while signing a document earlier in the succession process.

During the Accession Council at St James’s Palace on Saturday, His Majesty flapped his hand repeatedly at an ink well on the table and waited for an aide to take it away.

One former aide told Reuters that, while the King could be fun, he was also short-tempered and demanding.