Prince Edward to Ynys Mon
The Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) is located at the heart of the British Isles. It is the largest island off the coast of England and Wales.
The Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) is located at the heart of the British Isles. The largest island off the coast of England and Wales, it has the added advantage of being linked to the mainland by two bridges: the Britannia Bridge (road and rail) and the Menai Suspension Bridge.
Ynys Môn is not one island but many. The main landmass is surrounded by dozens of smaller satellite islands, many of which can be reached by causeway or at low tide.
Hunters, farmers, warriors and kings have all left their mark with an abundance of ancient stones, burial chambers, forts and castles providing strong evidence of the island’s importance through the ages. Seafaring Vikings were also attracted by the agricultural benefits of the island and, indeed, their influence was so strong that the Scandinavian name for the island is retained to this day — (Ynys Môn).
Ynys Môn is a county within Wales which is governed by the UK Parliament through the Welsh Office. Local Government reorganisation took place in April 1996 when Ynys Môn became a Unitary Authority within the UK system. The census in 1991 recorded a population of 69,149. The largest town is Holyhead with a population of 11,796.
The majority of the workforce is engaged in administration and tourism-based occupations, with approximately 20% of the workforce working in aluminium and engineering businesses. Tourism is an important employer but, with the unpredictable Welsh climate, is predominantly seasonal and poorly paid.
The completion of the North Wales Coast Expressway leading from Ynys Môn to the UK motorway network is opening the way for inward investment. The island is now the only designated Development Area in North Wales and benefits from the maximum available government grant assistance.
The island’s Local Authority manage three wet/dry centres, one dry centre, a nine-hole public golf course, a heritage centre and several other visitor attractions. In recent years the Sports Development Section of the Leisure Department has introduced a new dimension, taking sportspersons from grass roots participation through to excellence.
Apart from Local Authority-managed facilities, Ynys Môn can boast a wide variety of leisure activities ranging through the traditional Eisteddfodau, drama groups, music and arts festivals, country sports of riding, shooting and walking and of course sailing and golf.
Medals in the 2007 Games in Rhodes
Medals in the 2005 Games in Shetland
Medals in the 2003 Games in Guernsey
last updated: 25/06/2009 at 09:03