The distinctive Red Dragon Flag was flying at the British Consulate in St Petersburg on 1 March, as it is was all across Wales to welcome celebrations for St David’s Day, the national day of Wales. Consul General Gareth Ward engaged in a series of events to raise awareness about what Wales has to offer to Russia. At a local school in the town of Pushkin he launched a quiz – how much do you know about Wales? This was followed by a performance of Welsh-language songs.
In addition, the British Consulate in St Petersburg hosted a business networking event for 100 Russian and British business guests in honour of St David’s Day. Modern Wales was presented as: an attractive tourist destination with the Rhossili beach just voted the 3rd best in the world by Tripadvisor; as a high-tech investment destination, with the carbon-fibre wings for Airbus planes designed and constructed in North Wales; and as a source of fresh and healthy food – with Wales’ favourite beer ‘Brains’ enjoyed by the guests.