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Major RAF Centenary Event to be Held in Bangor Saturday, 8 September 2018
As part of a programme of events in Wales to commemorate and celebrate the RAF Centenary, the city of Bangor will be hosting a major RAF parade and flypast on Saturday 8 September. The event will be one of the closing RAF Centenary events and is intended to recognise the strong links that North Wales has had with the RAF over its last 100 years.
For Bangor, these connections go back to the very beginning of the RAF, when we had an “RAF Bangor” in operation in 1918, with Number 244 Squadron flying Airco DH6 aircraft from Abergwyngregyn, carrying out anti U Boat patrols in the Irish Sea. Although RAF Bangor was closed shortly after the end of World War 1, this remains a unique and special connection for the city of Bangor to commemorate as the RAF celebrates its centenary in 2018. And today, the strong connections between Bangor and the RAF continue, with RAF Valley having been granted the Freedom of the City since 23 March 1974.
On Saturday 8 September, the RAF Centenary celebrations will come to Bangor, with personnel from RAF Valley, as Freemen of the City of Bangor, marching through the streets of the city. They will be joined by the Central Band of the RAF, together with a number of Air Cadets from squadrons across North Wales.
The morning will begin with a special RAF Centenary Cathedral Service, commencing at 0945 am, to which all members of the public are welcome to attend. At 11.15am. the RAF parading contingent will present arms at the War Memorial, which will include a flypast by Hawk aircraft from RAF Valley. There they will be welcomed to the City by His Worship the Mayor of Bangor, the Lord Lieutenants of Gwynedd and Clwyd together with VIPs and guests from across North Wales. The senior RAF Officer at the parade will be Air Marshal Michael Wigston, who was himself brought up in Bangor and was a pupil at Friar’s School.
At approximately 11.40am the Parade will step off from the War Memorial to exercise the Freedom, marching past the Cathedral and turning left down the City’s High Street. At the Town Clock the Mayor, the Lord Lieutenants and Air Marshal Wigston will take the salute. The Parade will then proceed down the High Street to Dean Street, and then fall out at around 12.00pm.
The Mayor of Bangor, Councillor John Wynn Jones said “Both Bangor and many other areas across North Wales have strong links with the RAF over many years and Bangor is honoured to be the host of this prestigious RAF Centenary event. With the RAF marching through the streets of Bangor it gives the public the opportunity to show their appreciation for the loyalty, dedication and excellent service that the RAF have given over the last 100 years, and the many RAF personnel who have lost their lives over this time. The fly past by Hawk aircraft from RAF Valley and the spectacular and colourful Parade, will be a memorable event and well worth witnessing. Everybody from Bangor and beyond should make an effort to come and be part of the celebrations.”
The City Council has grave concerns about plastics pollution which is a huge environmental problem that is endangering marine life.The City Council notes that
The City Council and its Members therefore:
a. Calls on the Welsh Government to act as a matter of urgency to implement a levy on single-use plastics in Wales as well as considering to raise a levy on all plastics to help ensure that Welsh seas are clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse; and
b. will also endeavour to work with all partners from all sectors within the City to
work towards becoming a plastic free Bangor.
Bangor City Council has resolved to repair and restore the Garth Pier which has not received any major maintenance works for many years and is now in need of a refurbishment. The last restoration and renovation programme was in 1986.
Due to the precarious nature of this work substantial scaffolding is required as is stringent Health and Safety measures. There is also a requirement to dispose of all waste material in compliance with the regulations and a Marine Licence application was made and lodged with Natural Resources Wales and a dialogue has been ongoing with other interested parties.
The City Council apologises for any inconvenience during this construction project but these works are deemed necessary to secure the future stability and safety of the Pier for future generations to enjoy.
With the agreement of Dafydd Hardy Varsity and Williams and Goodwin letting agencies, HMO/Student ‘To Let’ Boards have been or will be removed from all properties in the City. This is to improve the visual amenity and general appearance of the area as there had been comments and concerns about the number of signs that were displayed.
Gwynedd Council Officers will approach all other letting agencies with boards up to persuade them to follow suit with this ‘gentleman’s agreement’.
We believe it involves over 600 ‘To Let’ Boards removed when completed.
This has been achieved through the work of the Bangor Image Group as Chaired by Cllr John Wyn Jones.
This is a great result and will vastly improve the appearance of the City. Thanks go to Gwynedd Council Officers for their help in this matter and the Agencies for their goodwill and co-operation.
This is a fine example of us all working together to achieve something tangible on the ground.
Councillor John Wynn Jones
Deputy Mayor 2018/19
Councillor John Wyn Williams
Major RAF Centenary Event to be Held in Bangor: 8 September 2018