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Flypast to honour Caernarfon airman

RAF Valley is home to IV(R) Squadron and 208(R) Squadron. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Four RAF Hawk jets from RAF Valley will fly past Caernarfon Castle on Friday July 1st at around midday, the day which marks 100 years since the bloodiest battle of the First World War broke out.

The display will follow the unveiling of a memorial stone in Major Lionel Rees' honour.

A memorial stone will also be unveiled.

Caernarfon man Lionel Rees was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Despite being attacked by an enemy force that outnumbered him at least eight-to-one, he kept fighting even after being shot in the thigh, driving the enemy off and bringing his aircraft safely home.


Wales still a great place to do business says Ken Skates

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Economy Secretary Ken Skates has stressed that his priority is now to protect jobs and "maintain economic confidence" in post-referendum Wales.

Speaking ahead of his key note address at the Institute of Welsh Affairs he emphasised that Wales will continue to be an open, responsive and business friendly country.

Wales' economy has developed hugely over recent years and now boasts a strong international reputation as a place to come and invest.

Already this year announcements from Aston Martin, MotoNovo, TVR, Essentra, EE and BT have demonstrated our growing reputation as a magnetic country to locate to and trade from.

This is partly down to our open, responsive and business-friendly approach. We remain committed to this, to developing Welsh business and to working with new partners to draw in investment.

Post referendum my priority is protecting jobs and doing everything in my power to maintain economic confidence and stability.

– Ken Skates, Economy Secretary

Carwyn Jones: "Racism has absolutely no place in Wales"

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First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones says that he is "shocked and appalled" by the increases in verbal abuse directed towards people from ethnic minority communities during the past week.

This message comes as the First Minister plans to meet with people from ethnic minority communities in Swansea and Llanelli today.

I am shocked and appalled by the increase in racial tensions and verbal abuse towards people from ethnic minority communities during the past week. We will not stand for any form of racism in Wales and we will tackle this unacceptable behaviour head on.

While I have been disgusted by the racial abuse endured by some, I have also been heartened by the public outpouring of support and gratitude for ethnic communities living in Wales. I was immensely proud to hear about the note of thanks pinned anonymously on the door of Llanelli’s Polish Welsh Association. I sincerely hope all other communities follow this wonderful example.

Meanwhile, I will do all I can to help reunite the people of Wales. Migrants have made, and continue to make, an immense contribution to Welsh life and I want to reassure foreign nationals living here that they remain valued members of our society. Please hear my message loud and clear – you are still welcome here.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales


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