<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Cheshire Life today click here

Anglesey boosted by Kate and William's arrival

PUBLISHED: 15:14 19 October 2011 | UPDATED: 12:46 16 May 2016

Anglesey boosted by Kate and William's arrival

Anglesey boosted by Kate and William's arrival

The arrival of newlyweds Kate and William in Anglesey has put the island well and truly on the tourist map WORDS BY EMMA MAYOH PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN COCKS

Children play in a water feature in Caernarfon Children play in a water feature in Caernarfon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose well when they set up home on Anglesey. The mountains of Snowdonia, the glorious beaches and the Duke’s short commute to RAF Valley would all have been reasons to do so.

The royal newlyweds also probably knew their arrival on the island would spark a media invasion in the days leading up to their wedding. But they may not have expected that six months later their presence would still be boosting the local economy.

‘Since the wedding there have been far more people coming to see us,’ said Jane Blakey, chair of the Anglesey Tourism Association. ‘They’re travelling from much further afield as well. A big portion of our visitors used to come from Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire because of the short distance.
‘Now, people are coming from all over the country and internationally. We noticed a remarkable difference. It has put Anglesey on the map. We were ignored and overlooked before but now people are paying attention. It’s about time.’


Jane was a day tripper who came to Anglesey but then never left. She was living in Stockport, working at North Trafford College, when she, her sister Joanna and their husbands decided to up sticks and move to Cemaes. Between them they now run Coed Cottages, in Llanfechell, near Cemaes Bay.

Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival, Jayne Jones, at Hooton’s Homegrown Farm Shop Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival, Jayne Jones, at Hooton’s Homegrown Farm Shop


Jane said: ‘We just fell in love with the area. There is a saying that as soon as you go over the bridge, you feel relaxed and I believe this is very true.


‘There are miles of beautiful coastline, there are Areas of outstanding Natural Beauty and the people, the island’s real plus point, are passionate about where they live. Anglesey is a wonderful place.’

Despite the recent media attention, the Anglesey Tourism Association is not resting on its laurels. They have just signed up to a new initiative, including with Isle of Anglesey Council and Visit Wales, to encourage different organisations and groups to work together to promote Wales as a whole. They are also looking at plans to improve the island as a year-round destination and at job prospects and opportunities to nurture young talent that has, in previous years, left the ukisland. Jane said: ‘We have lost out because there haven’t been the opportunities here for our young people. It is up to us to make sure that we give young people a reason to stay here so that we don’t lose any more talent.’


‘The Wylfa Nuclear Power Station is about to be decommissioned and a new nuclear power plant will be built. This development will create several thousand jobs. The build alone is expected to create over 2,000 jobs. This is a lot and could represent a big opportunity for the island.’

Michael Hooten at Hooton’s Homegrown Farm Shop with Jayne Jones, organiser of the Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival Michael Hooten at Hooton’s Homegrown Farm Shop with Jayne Jones, organiser of the Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival

One woman who has noticed a big change on Anglesey is Anne Arkle. The 44-year-old, who lives in Llandegfan, has noticed an influx of international visitors to the area since the royal wedding. Anne has been selling jewellery made out of old solid silver spoons and silver sugar tongs she finds on the internet or in antique and charity shops. She also goes metal detecting in pursuit of treasures.

She makes everything from spoon pendants, sugar tong bangles and spoon rings for her business Jaspersparkle. Spoon rings were used in the 16th century by servants who could not afford wedding rings from precious metals. They would steal spoons from the manor house and have them made into wedding rings for their future wives.

Anne, who has previously worked as a manager of staff who supported people with learning difficulties, has made rings for people all over the country. Although she didn’t have a request from Kate for her wedding ring, there have been couples who have commissioned rings for their big days. She also said there has been an increase in interest in her products since Kate and William married.

‘With my work I want to preserve the history and beauty of these incredible pieces of silver flatware,’ said Anne. ‘I think it is the history of the island that people fall in love with too and it has certainly got a reputation as the Royal Island.

Shaun Krijnen with some Anglesey Rock Oysters Shaun Krijnen with some Anglesey Rock Oysters

‘It’s fantastic to have Kate and William living here and a lot of people are very glad they chose to live here. It has created a lot of interest and this can only be a good thing. They certainly have good taste.’

0 comments

More from Out & About

Rebekka O’Grady looks at businesses in Frodsham that have stood the test of time, and meets those hoping to have a bright future

Read more
Frodsham
Mon, 00:00

In 2018, Wales celebrates its outstanding coastline and invites visitors to discover epic experiences all around its shores. This is the Year of the Sea, writes Penny Lloyd

Read more
Thursday, January 11, 2018

There are several major canals that run through Cheshire, these walks run alongside or cross over sections of at least of these waterways.

Read more
Canals
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We head for Styal for a walk which combines river and woodland with the din of international air travel, writes Howard Bradbury.

Read more
Styal Quarry Bank
Monday, January 8, 2018

What is it that makes Macclesfield a magnet for the art crowd? Janet Reeder heads over there to find out

Read more
Macclesfield
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Whether you’re horse crazy or just along for the ride, equine events are an important part of the Cheshire social calendar.

Read more
Equestrian
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Eight great, and easy, resolutions that will help make 2018 your greenest year yet. Words by Katie Piercy from Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Cheshire Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Cheshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search