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Finest Welsh goods presented to world leaders

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A selection of fine Welsh goods have been presented to world leaders at the NATO Summit in Newport.

Welsh cakes, a rugby ball and poetry by Dylan Thomas were included in handmade willow baskets which will showcase the region’s products and character to the visitors, including US President Barack Obama.

Welsh woollen socks, honey and slate coasters are among other items presented to the world leaders attending the Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort, in Newport, today.

Goods have been provided by more than 25 Welsh businesses and makers.

A message from the Prime Minister David Cameron inside the gift basket reads:

During this summit you will see many examples of Wales’ strong defence and aerospace sectors. Here are some fine examples of its strong heritage in craftsmanship and food too.

From the poems of Dylan Thomas and the craftsmanship of the Royal Mint to produce being made today in Wales, I hope you will enjoy each of these gifts and be inspired by them to find out about all that Wales has to offer.

The items given to guests at the NATO Summit include:

  • Willow baskets, handcrafted using willow grown in South Wales by Caerphilly based Hatton Willow, Cardiff maker Seren Willow and Out to Learn Willow, in South Wales
  • Personalised NATO coasters made from Welsh slate made by LasersAreUs
  • A commemorative piece crafted by the Royal Mint, designed by engraver Jody Clark and produced at Llantrisant in South Wales
  • Locally produced Welsh Cakes supplied by the Celtic Manor Resort
  • Cufflinks and bracelets produced using Welsh gold by Clogau jewellers in North Wales
  • Honey made by Hilltop Honey in Caersws, mid-Wales
  • Whiskey bottled by the Penderyn Distillery in South Wales
  • Welsh rugby balls, representing Wales’s national sport, presented by the Welsh Rugby Union.
  • Book “Selected Poems by Dylan Thomas” presented by Orion Publishing
  • Woollen journals woven by Jane Beck and Nia Hobbs in Ceredigion, West Wales
  • Woollen socks produced by family-run Corgi Hosiery, based in Carmarthenshire
  • Prints of a photograph of Newport Transport Bridge taken by Pradip Kotecha, which won the Iconic Newport photography competition. Presented by the competition’s organisers, University of South Wales
  • Framed prints of ipad paintings of “400 iconic views of Newport” by artist Joseph Anthony Connor
  • A Sony Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer, built at Pencoed in South Wales

Find out more about NATO Summit Wales 2014 or follow the official Summit Twitter account @NATOWales