Anglesey News for September 2006

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Sunset over Holyhead Breakwater


Art Enigma Sir Kyffin Williams dies

Leading Welsh and Anglesey born artist Sir Kyffin Williams died yesterday, aged 88, after a dogged battle with cancer.

A member of the Royal Academy, Sir Kyffin became an iconic figure for his views on the landscape and people of North Wales.

His artistic journey really started at Slade School of Art after medical advice prevented him from pursuing an army career.

The first solo exhibition at P & D Colnaghi, London in 1949 was only the start of a long and distinguished contribution to the art world.

Building on regular exhibitions in London and in Wales, Sir Kyffin soon built a global brand. He won the Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1968 and travelled to record the Welsh community there.

Welsh Assembly Culture Minister Alan Pugh AM said Sir Kyffin's death was "a great loss to the world of visual arts" and remembers him as an "outstanding artist".

Sir Kyffin, an Honorary Fellow of three Welsh Universities, Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea, was passionate about art but critical of some ephemeral modern trends.

This artistic colossus spent his last days on his native Anglesey, the island where the enigmatic odyssey began.

Holyhead sees Golden Princess again

Holyhead Bay was home to the Golden Princess cruiser on Friday, 1 September.

With bright sunshine and a fresh south westerly breeze, Golden Princess lay at anchor east of Holyhaed Breakwater, while passengers disembarked in numerous little orange launches.

Building on recent succesful visits, Anglesey is now a real favourite with the captain, crews and North American travellers.

Some visitors caught the special coaches laid on for them to whisk them to Beaumaris Castle, Llynnon Mill and Caernarfon Castle on the mainland.

For those not choosing to travel further, Holyhead laid on a great welcome. At St Mary's Church our guests were entertained by local Welsh choirs and saw a wide range of crafts made by local Anglesey artists.

The succes and popularity of these visits is such that next year the head ship of the cruise line, Grand Princess, will come to Holyhead.

For pictures of the ship and Holyhead Breakwater see the link below.

South Stack September Sunset

A fine South Stack sunset was great reward for those who made their way up here this Friday evening.

On the cliffs near Ellins Tower, black choughs looked menacing as they squaked relentlessly before taking off and gliding on a rising thermal.

While below the turquoise blue sea turns white as the waves crash against the sentinel rocky outcrops.

It was possible to make out Bardsey to the south, though thick cloud obscured the leisurely outline of the Lleyn peninsula and the Snowdon range.

Looking west the Wicklow mountains were particularly prominent, silhouetted against the tangerine sky as dusk approached.

Then just before eight the grey cloud curtain finally squeezes the orange ball over the western horizon.

See some pictures of the sunset below.

Anglesey Copper Mining Success

Anglesey Mining plc, the Welsh gold miner, announces successful results for the White Rock Zone in its Parys Mountain project, near Amlwch.

As part of its 2006 drilling programme, the company said encouraging results from the first four holes confirm that this zone continues from below the 280 m level through to the surface.

The White Rock programme aims to test the near surface potential of the zonewith a view to accelerating the start of production.

Latest assay results look good in comparison with the 1990 estimates, when the White Rock was first identified. 1990 results were:

(all in percentage terms except silver and gold, which are shown in parts per million)

copper 0.49; lead 3.44; zinc 6.84; Ag 42; Au 0.45

The results suggest potentially economic ore grades together with apparent high grade ore in this White Rock zone.

So there is a fair chance of developing a sustainable underground mining programme from the surface to a depth of 280 metres and beyond.

"We look forward to receiving the ongoing geological and assay results from both these zones and incorporating these into a viable mining and processing programme", said Bill Hooley, Executive Director of Anglesey Mining plc.

Anglesey Mining solid progressAnglesey Mining Chairman John Kearney presented shareholders with an encouraging picture of progress at the recent AGM in London (26 September 2006).

Mr Kearney pointed to solid developments at both the Parys Mountain zinc-copper property near Amlwch on Anglesey and at the Labrador Iron Ore Mines in Canada.

On Anglesey there are two zones which hold out considerable potential for further exploration. Tests at the Garth Daniel zone suggest significant resources could be added to the potential already identified. One intersection at 2.2 metres shows base metals at over 40 per cecnt.

Meanwhile testing has been carried out at the White Rock and Upper Engine zones. Early assay results from White Rock suggest the zone may extend from 280 m to the surface. And intersections at 6.3 m and 8.5 m showed base metals greater than 11 per cent.

So with continuing strong world prices for copper and zinc,it looks like interesting times ahead for Anglesey Mining at its Amlwch mine.

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