Run­ning up a health­ier life­style

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THE Ja­maican High Com­mis­sioner made a his­toric visit to Wales, at the in­vi­ta­tion of Learn­ing Links In­ter­na­tional, to en­sure he fully un­der­stands the shared his­tory of Ja­maica and Wales.

The hope is that his trip will help chal­lenge the neg­a­tiv­ity of past ap­proaches and to find new ways to rec­on­cile the un­der­stand­ing of the many strands of his­tory that link Ja­maica and Wales.

The Mayor and coun­cil­lors of Ban­gor teamed up with Ban­gor Univer­sity, the Na­tional Trust and the North Wales Ja­maica So­ci­ety to wel­come the High Com­mis­sioner, His Ex­cel­lency Seth Ge­orge Ramo­can, and his wife, Dr Lola Ramo­can, dur­ing their tour of Wales.

The Ja­maican del­e­ga­tion was re­ceived at the Univer­sity by the Vice Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor John Hughes, and wel­comed by Pro Vice Chan­cel­lor Jerry Hunter, who has re­spon­si­bil­ity for Welsh Medium and Civic En­gage­ment.

He also met staff from Ban­gor Univer­sity, who are ac­tive in project work in Ja­maica, be­fore vis­it­ing the col­lec­tion of Pen­rhyn Pa­pers se­cured in Ban­gor Univer­sity Ar­chives.

Elen Wyn Simp­son, Head of Ar­chives and Spe­cial Col­lec­tions, showed the High Com­mis­sioner a range of maps of Ja­maica from the col­lec­tion which cov­ers the time when the lo­cal Pen­nant fam­ily man­aged their plan­ta­tions and the en­slaved African work­force in Ja­maica.

His Ex­cel­lency and his wife were driven to Pen­rhyn Cas­tle and wel­comed by Rhian Cahill, Visi­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence Man­ager, and other Na­tional Trust staff and vol­un­teers who were able to show the del­e­ga­tion the Pen­nant fam­ily por­traits.

A civic re­cep­tion was hosted by the Mayor of Ban­gor, Cllr John Wynn Jones, and the City Coun­cil in Pen­rhyn Hall. Lo­cal dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing the Lord Lieu­tenant of Gwynedd, Ed­mund Bai­ley, and High Sher­iff of Gwynedd, Kathryn Grif­fiths El­lis, re­ceived the Ja­maican High Com­mis­sioner and his party.

Young­sters from Ys­gol Glance­gin en­joyed ac­tiv­i­ties and healthy meals dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days through the SHEP scheme.

Dr Mar­ian Gwyn, His Ex­cel­lency Seth Ge­orge Ramo­can and Dr Lola Ramo­can are wel­comed at Pen­rhyn Cas­tle by Na­tional Trust Visi­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence Man­ager Rhian Cahill (right) and NT vol­un­teers, Ann and Ted Dol­ben.

Ex­am­in­ing maps from the Pen­rhyn Pa­pers held at Ban­gor Univer­sity Ar­chives are Elen Wyn Simp­son, Se­nior Ar­chiv­ist, Ban­gor Univer­sity, His Ex­cel­lency Seth Ge­orge Ramo­can, Ja­maican High Com­mis­sioner, and Dr Lola Ramo­can.

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