A Week in Westminster
By Albert Owen MP, Ynys Môn
It is great to get out and about across the Island in the month of August. I get to visit groups, individuals and meet with agencies and service providers. I also attend Shows and Community events.
This year we host the National Eisteddfod, the largest cultural and music festival in Europe. In addition to the competitions and performances there is the social aspect, where locals and visitors from far and wide enjoy the best of Anglesey, on the Maes and across the Island.
It is this aspect I enjoy, I visit many local and national organisations that I work with in my role as an MP. I resist many invites to participate in political debate as it limits the time to engage with the people. People are also fed up of politics in August and I don’t blame them.
We also have the excellent Anglesey County Show, again this has a social aspect and brings people together and promotes rural Anglesey. Both the Eisteddfod and the County Show will guarantee a welcome to all, sadly we can not guarantee fine weather, not even in August!
There is also an economic advantage in hosting events and many people will see the delights of the Island and enjoy them again and again. Tourism is a fast growing industry, highly competitive. I recently had a mini-break, a staycation in the UK and visited many villages that promote their delights. Frankly, as an Island Community with our coastline, rural and urban mix and the countryside, we have a huge advantage.
Those promoting tourism still have to adapt to the demands of the modern era, but our history, culture and outstanding natural resources give us the edge. I for my part never fail to promote Anglesey plc, and I will continue to work with others in doing so; thereby raising the social, economic and cultural aspects of the Island starting with a big Croeso i Môn.
Enjoy August and the festive season.