Thanks to all who made it so
The Commonwealth Camaraderie shines through in mid-Wales
On Wednesday 23rd June the market town of Rhayder hosted the Opening Ceremony for the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship which was to be held on the lakes and rivers of mid-Wales on the following three days. Rhayader and Elan Valley AA had worked very hard to ensure it would be a memorable occasion for all and WSTAA is greatly indebted to them for making it such a huge success.
The opening ceremony itself was held at Rhayader Leisure Centre and the hall was full to capacity. A welcoming address on behalf of the Town Council was given by the Mayor, Cllr Lee Jones followed by words of welcome from Roger Williams M.P.(Brecon and Radnor); Kirsty Williams, AM, (Leader of the Welsh Lib-Dem Party); Nick Bourne A.M (Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party)and Cllr Kevin Curry. Also present was WSTAA’s President the Lord Moran accompanied by Lady Moran.
The compere for the ceremony was Moc Morgan and he and Julia sang a song of welcome to the competing teams. The Rhayder Male Voice Choir had a standing ovation after singing their unique and memorable selection of songs of welcome to the teams.
The Ceremony and the Parade were meticulously organized by Pauline and Alan Lewis, Hardware Store, and to end the evening the teams and the guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet at the Elan Hotel arranged by that connoisseur of fine food and wine Trevor Jones – also of Rhayder (who also took on the huge responsibility of arranging all the travelling associated with the teams and the championship)
The Fishing and the competition
Thanks too to Kaylene Cross (Tasmania) and Jill Mandeno (NZ) for all their assistance
Moc & Julia Morgan