Bay is the events cap­i­tal of N.Wales

North Wales Weekly News - - POLITICS/ OPINIONS - BY DAR­REN MIL­LAR AM for Cl­wyd West

COL­WYN Bay used to be best known for be­ing a pop­u­lar sea­side re­sort on the coast of North Wales. It was one of a string of coastal towns that at­tracted tens of thou­sands to the re­gion an­nu­ally and com­peted with nearby Rhyl and Llan­dudno.

How­ever, thanks to the suc­cess of Parc Eirias and Porth Eirias in at­tract­ing sports and top end acts in re­cent years, the town has suc­cess­fully man­aged to rein­vent it­self as the events cap­i­tal of North Wales.

Just two weeks ago some 14,000 peo­ple packed the Eirias Sta­dium to watch iconic mu­si­cian El­ton John’s first ever North Wales per­for­mance. Play­ing his clas­sics be­fore the ex­cited crowd, El­ton was ap­pear­ing at the Eirias Sta­dium as part of his Euro­pean tour. The at­mos­phere was elec­tric, and not just in the sta­dium – there was a real buzz through­out the whole of Col­wyn Bay.

The same was true the fol­low­ing night, when the sta­dium was packed again for ‘Ac­cess all Eirias’, with teenage sen­sa­tions The Vamps head­lin­ing.

The now an­nual event re­turned to Eirias Park Sta­dium for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year af­ter hugely suc­cess­ful pre­vi­ous con­certs saw the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, Lit­tle Mix and Olly Murs per­form in front of thou­sands of ex­pec­tant fans.

Parc Eirias is also at­tract­ing the crowds for ma­jor sport­ing events and al­low­ing more young peo­ple to be able to ex­peri- ence rugby, track and field events. Ear­lier this year it was an­nounced that the Sta­dium will con­tinue to host Wales Un­der 20 Six Na­tions and RGC home games for the next five years.

But Col­wyn Bay’s suc­cess does not end at Park Eirias, as the town is also

WA home to Porth Eirias, a beau­ti­ful new beach, and a soon to be opened celebrity chef bistro. The fa­cil­i­ties of­fer an ar­ray of wa­ter­sports in­clud­ing sail­ing, wind­surf­ing, power­boat­ing, kayak­ing and ca­noe­ing. The place is rapidly grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and, with Parc Eirias, is help­ing to ce­ment Col­wyn Bay as the sports cap­i­tal for the North Wales re­gion.

Both Parc Eirias and Porth Eirias are as­sets that all of us liv­ing in North Wales can be proud of. There was a time when the fu­ture of Col­wyn Bay looked bleak, but thanks to Park Eirias and Porth Eirias it is now a flour­ish­ing town with plenty to look for­ward to. I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to celebrate that suc­cess.

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