History

School project pays respects to the fallen of the Great War

Pupils from seven Denbighshire schools dressed-up as Tommies and made colourful forget-me-nots as part of a project commemorating the First World War. The project was organised by the North Wales International Music Festival who chose Reflections as the theme for this year’s event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The festival is held […]

Plea to halt rise of anti-semitism by top cellist whose mother survived Auschwitz

A world renowned cellist whose mother is one of the last known survivors of the women’s orchestra at a Nazi concentration camp is heading for St Asaph. London-born Raphael Wallfisch will be one of the stars at the prestigious North Wales International Music Festival at the city’s cathedral for a concert on Saturday, September 29. […]

Top bakery goes back to the future with retro wheat and heather honey

A bakery is going back to the future after planting and harvesting 50 acres of retro wheat. The Village Bakery will be using the flour milled from the wheat to bake a new range of speciality bread to be launched in the Autumn. The crop was grown at a secret location in Flintshire. They planted […]

Musical premiere to honour the last native Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndŵr

A new work by one of Wales’ most revered composers which tells the story of the death of Owain Glyndŵr will be premiered at this year’s North Wales International Music Festival. Composer Brian Hughes, who lives in Gresford, near Wrexham, has written his haunting string orchestral piece, Death of the Skylark, based on a traditional […]

Care home art exhibition uncovers rare Welsh nursery rhyme

Residents of a Gwynedd care home are showcasing their artistic talents with a display of their work for visitors – and it has even uncovered a rare Welsh nursery rhyme. The exhibition at Plasgwyn Care Home, near Criccieth, run by the award-winning Cariad Care Homes, displays a huge array of work done there from multimedia […]

Oh Myfanwy! Find out why Wales’ saddest love song will have you crying in your beer

Wales’ most famous and saddest love song has inspired a new beer. The song Myfanwy tells the tragic story of the unrequited love of a penniless young poet called Hywel ab Einion for a beautiful young noblewoman who lived in Dinas Bran castle high above Llangollen in the 14th century. The new brew, appropriately a […]

Hostage Terry Waite given a book called Great Escapes by his captors

Former hostage Terry Waite told how the Islamic jihadists holding him captive unwittingly gave him a book called Great Escapes. The revelation about the irony of reading material presented to him by his guards who were unable to speak English came during a speech to the Wrexham Business Professionals Group at the town’s Ramada hotel. […]

Historic twinning agreement writes new chapter in history of two famous castles

Conwy’s iconic castle has undergone the first stage of an historic twinning link with the ancient Himeji Castle in Japan which featured in the James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice. The mayors of the two communities have  signed an agreement in the form of an illuminated manuscript as part of an initiative which is […]