JAMAICAN flags will be flying in Bangor to welcome the country's High Commissioner on Wednesday.

His Excellency Seth George Ramocan and his wife, Dr Lola Ramocan will be visiting the city 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, Jamaica.

Plantations in this area were owned by the North Wales Pennant family and enabled them to amass a fortune through the production of sugar, sometimes called “White Gold”.

Before coming to Bangor, the High Commissioner will visit Cardiff, for a visit which includes meeting Race Council Cymru representatives, members of the Jamaican community and representatives of the Windrush Project.

After travelling up from Cardiff, the High Commissioner and his wife will be welcomed at Bangor University by the Vice Chancellor Prof John Hughes. At the university, he will see the collection of papers held in the archive, on the Pennant's of Penrhyn Castle, and the 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 the fortunes made from Jamaican sugar, slavery and Welsh slate.

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 6pm, to recognise the civic links being forged between the City of Bangor, in Gwynedd, and May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica.

On the final day of their 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 three day Denbigh Agricultural Show held in May Pen, Jamaica, in early August 2019.

For more information visit the Jamaica Wales Alliance website www.jamaicawalesalliance.com or phone Liz Millman from Learning Links International on 07711569489.