2009 sees the 150th anniversary of the world famous wreck of the Royal Charter,
and Moelfre intends to mark this significant occasion in its history in a number of ways...

Unveiling ‘wreck of the Royal Charter’ painting by Keith Shone

As part of commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Royal Charter disaster this year, an important event was held on Thursday, 9th April 2009, at Moelfre Community School with the unveiling of ‘Wreck of the Royal Charter’ painting by local artist Keith Shone.


Chair of Moelfre Partnership Derlwyn Hughes said ‘Considering the importance of commemorating this special event, we felt it appropriate and deserving that Moelfre Partnership purchased this dramatic painting that conveys all the emotions associated with the disaster, and that it be displayed locally for all to admire’


Following the unveiling of the painting by John Payne Vice-Chair of Moelfre Partnership and the artist Keith Shone, the audience showed their approval to this classic painting with a standing ovation.


The original painting will be displayed at the Seawatch Centre, Moelfre, but a large print can also be viewed at Moelfre Community School.


Others who contributed to an excellent social evening included Elin Fflur with her unique voice singing a selection of songs, culminating with her 2002 Song for Wales’ winner ‘Harbwr Diogel’


A drama group from Holyhead ‘Loose Cannons’ portrayed Charles Dickens, Captain Taylor, and the Reverend Stephen Roose Hughes that captured the atmosphere during and following the tragedy


Dawnswyr Mon (Anglesey Folk Dancers) instrumentalists and dancers performed a selection of folk dances, ending with audience participation for the last two dances.


Keith Shone: born near Mold, educated at Chester Art College specialising in illustration.


After moving to live in Moelfre in 1967 he continued as an illustrator on a professional level drawing for comics such as Rover, Hotspur, Wizard and the Victor until retiring as a commercial artist in 1995


Following this he started painting in pastel, and like many other artists he was influenced by the landscapes of North Wales, its rugged mountains and sweeping coastlines - this is intensified by his like of walking and climbing in the area.


‘Wreck of the Royal Charter’ - PRINTS FOR SALE:

Small - 335mm x 251mm (13” x 10”)

Unlimited, but signed

- £40.00

Medium - 420mm x 315mm (16” x 13”)

Limited, up to 150 and signed

- £75.00

Large - 745mm x 559mm (29” x 22”)

Limited, up to 50 and signed

- £130.00
Each print mounted and bagged for framing

Contact: Derlwyn Hughes - 01248 410816

‘Gwelfor’ Moelfre, Isle of Anglesey LL72 8LH, or the artist Keith Shone 01248 410309


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