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Jamaican High Commissioner to visit North Wales

PICTURED: His Excellency, Seth George Ramocan, with members of the North Wales Jamaica Society, Caroline Sandsome, Liz Millman and Audrey West.

JAMAICAN FLAGS will be flying in Bangor to welcome the Jamaican High Commissioner, His Excellency, Seth George Ramocan, and his wife, Dr Lola Ramocan, who will be visiting the city on Wednesday 15th August, as part of a new initiative called the Jamaica Wales Alliance.

Members of the North Wales Jamaica Society were invited to the Jamaican High Commission last year, to discuss the development of the Jamaica Wales Alliance and the project work being undertaken with schools in the community of Pennants in Clarendon.

Plantations in this area were owned by the Pennant family enabling them to amass a great fortune through the production of sugar, which was sometimes called “White Gold”.

The High Commissioner will be welcomed in Cardiff by representatives of Race Council Cymru, as well as members of the Jamaican community. He will be visiting the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he will be meeting representatives of the Windrush Project which has explored the challenges facing those people from the Caribbean who settled in South Wales. He will then visit JP Shipping who transport produce from the Caribbean to the UK. This will be followed by a community meeting held in Bute Town.

After travelling up from Cardiff on Wednesday 15th August, Mr and Mrs Ramocan will be welcomed at Bangor University by the Vice Chancellor Prof John Hughes. At the University, he will be able to see the remarkable collection of papers held in the archive on the Pennant's of Penrhyn Castle's historical plantations in Jamaica.

Following this, he will be met at Penrhyn Castle by Rhian Cahill, Visitor Experience Manager, who will show him around the castle, which was built on a fortune made from Jamaican sugar and slavery and Welsh slate. The National Trust is delighted to welcome His Excellency to Penrhyn, especially as they are working hard to share every aspect of the castle's history with the public, both the good and the bad.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bangor, John Wynn Jones and Mrs Lis Wynn Jones will welcome the Jamaican High Commissioner and his wife with a Civic Reception starting at 6.00pm, to recognise the civic Links being developed between the City of Bangor in Gwynedd, and May Pen in Clarendon, Jamaica.

On the final day of the visit, the Denbigh and Flint Agricultural Show Team will welcome the Jamaican Delegation to the Denbigh Show, where the Jamaican High Commissioner will pass on an invitation for a delegation from North Wales to visit the 3 day Denbigh Agricultural Show held in May Pen, Jamaica, in early August 2019.

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