Honouring the Royal Welsh and hosting major events

Her Majesty the Queen’s visit and honouring the Royal Welsh

Over 500 members of the Royal Welsh regiment marched on Thursday from Cardiff Castle through the streets of the city centre and into the Millennium Stadium to be presented with new regimental flags, known as colours, by Her Majesty the Queen. The regiment were also granted the highest civic honour in Cardiff, receiving the freedom of the city of Cardiff, which was approved at full Council in May and kicked off the ceremony at the Millennium Stadium.

Alongside the Lord Mayor, Cllr David Walker, granting the freedom of the city to Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier PML Napier OBE

Alongside the Lord Mayor, Cllr David Walker, granting the freedom of the city to Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier PML Napier OBE

The Royal Welsh were formed in 2006 – following the merger of two great Welsh Regiments, The Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Wales. The ceremony marked a fantastic opportunity for people from across Wales to show their support and gratitude to the regiment for centuries of service for the country – and it was especially pleasing to see so many school children present to witness this historic occasion. Thanks to everyone who cheered on the regiment during the march and attended the ceremony helping to create such a wonderful atmosphere.

Street Food Awards

Cardiff recently hosted the second heat of the British Street Food Festival Awards. Located at the Street Food Circus in the city centre, 14 of the best street food traders in Wales and the West competed for the chance to take part in the final in London this September.

I’ve blogged in the past about the street food scene which is fast becoming something of a permanent fixture here, with street food traders setting up at markets, festivals and pop-up events across the city. Many of the options on offer are a great advert for locally sourced ingredients with everyone there passionate about food – which probably explains why street food has become so popular with residents and visitors alike!

 Attending the British Street Food Festival Awards at the Street Food Circus

Attending the British Street Food Festival Awards at the Street Food Circus

The Street Food Award winners will be judged by a panel of famous foodies on Sunday 27th of September in London. Two Cardiff-based street food traders won the opportunity to represent Wales and the West – Patagonia and Wild Fig – best of luck to both of them!

Velothon Wales

This Sunday 15,000 cyclists will cross the starting line in the capital for a cycling event on a scale never witnessed in Wales before. Combining a mass participation bike ride and professional road race, the first ever Velothon Wales will start and finish in the heart of the city centre.

Whilst this is exciting news for Cardiff, it will also mean road closures across the city and surrounding areas. To find out about parking restrictions and road closures please read this month’s Capital Times or visit the Velothon website so that you can try and minimise any disruption to yourself and your family. If you get the chance I would encourage you to go and cheer on those taking part, and celebrate the city hosting yet another major international sporting event.

The Big Game

Finally, I’d like to wish the Welsh football team every success in tonight’s fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium. This will undoubtedly be a challenging game against a Belgium side ranked second best in the world. That said, I have every faith that Bale, Ramsey and co can build on their excellent run of results. A result tonight would be a big step forward towards qualification. Come on Cymru!

Diolch,

Phil