I had a pretty busy time at the Conservative Spring Conference in Cardiff over the weekend, but I still found time to engage with Welsh culture. Following the TFA fringe meeting with Robert Halfon MP, a group of TFA folk set off to Cardiff Castle for the Welsh Mediaeval Banquet. The staff there were remarkably versatile: modelling the Welsh national costume; waiting table and dealing them off the arm like troupers. And between those tasks, they were also musicians. The young lady in the photo has a glorious soprano voice, and we had some wonderful renditions of traditional Welsh songs.
The castle itself is extraordinary. With a 2000 year history, it was once a Roman garrison; later a Norman stronghold. And the Victorians transformed it into a Gothic fantasy. It was a tower with gilded artworks on the exterior which would be the envy of many Alsatian cities.