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ACF counties 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' at the top of Mount Snowdon

 

Earlier this week, members of Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (ACF) braved very testing weather conditions to scale the highest peak in Wales and ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’.

 

Monday’s flag raising at Mount Snowdon was part of a special initiative across the Commonwealth, which stretches across 53 countries, and aims to 'unite a family of nations in common purpose and understanding around the world'.

 

Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF and three other counties in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland climbed the highest peaks of their respective countries. Last year, Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadets lit a beacon at the same location in a similar event to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.

 

All 57 ACF counties in the United Kingdom will be taking part in a variety of nationwide activities. It will be replicated by all of Commonwealth member nations, which are spread in all six of the world's continents.

 

The intrepid team comprised of Commandant Colonel LT Williams, Majors Keith Walters, Bob Maxwell, John Baxendale and Captain Mark Williams, who only got the go ahead the day before the task due to the area’s weather. They assembled in Llanberis as dawn was breaking before making the arduous walk up to the summit and were prepared for what Snowdon had in store.

 

Mountain Leader Major Keith was leading the group and there was good visibility up to the 700m level. After this point, mist came down and visibility shortened to 20 metres whilst the temperature later dropped to minus six degrees.

 

Still, the team reached the summit in good time and completed the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ challenge at the peak of Mount Snowdon.

 

Meanwhile, 130 miles away members of Gwent and Powys ACF were climbing to the top of Pen-y-Fan to Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth.

 

It's the highest peak in South Wales and one of the main attractions of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

 

The team members were; Major Derek Munro, Acting Under Officer Phil Harris, Sergeant Major Instructor Terry Vaughan, Sian Thomas, Jess Bowman, Staff Officer Cadets Jason Hart and Neil Probert.

 

(Tuesday 14 March 2017)

 

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