The Jamaican High Commissioner made a historic visit to Bangor recently (15 August), which included a visit to Bangor University, Penrhyn Castle and a civic reception at Bangor City Council Chambers.

The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Bangor, teamed up with Bangor University, the National Trust and the North Wales Jamaica Society to welcome the Jamaican High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan and his wife, Dr Lola Ramocan, during their recent tour of Wales.

At the University the High Commissioner was formally welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes and they were given a presentation of the University’s ‘Penrhyn-Jamaica Papers’ which are stored and collated as part of the University’s Archives and Special Collections. These include maps and documents relating to the Penrhyn Estate’s vast sugar plantations in Jamaica and its role in slavery on the Caribbean island during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Mr Ramocan then visited then visited Penrhyn Castle, the ancestral home of the Pennant family, where he was welcomed by National Trust Visitor Experience Manager Rhian Cahill and he was given a tour of the building and grounds. A civic reception then followed at Bangor City Council’s Penrhyn Hall, where discussions on current and future links between North Wales and Jamaica took place.

Following the High Commissioner’s visit to the University, Vice-Chancellor Professor John G. Hughes said: “It was a pleasure to welcome His Excellency Mr Ramocan to the University and to show him and his delegation some of the papers and maps held by our Library and Archives Service. They are vital records of a time when this region had an inglorious relationship with Jamaica – a relationship that has now, thankfully, been redressed towards the positive.”

The Jamaican High Commissioner delivered a very powerful speech at Bangor Neuadd Penrhyn Hall.