Images from the Nato host city celebrations

FLY-PAST: The Spitfire over Newport

BATTLE OF BRITAIN: Over the RIver Usk

MILITARY PRESENCE: A youngster takes the wheel

PROTEST: Caerphilly councillor Ray Davies joins the anti-Nato protesters

ARTILLERY: Ready to fire over the Usk

FOOD FESTIVAL: Stalls near the river

First published in News

HERE are some of the images our photographers captured during yesterday's Nato host city celebrations in Newport.

From the Band of the Household Cavalry, soldiers meeting youngsters, and the Battle of Britain fly-past to the anti-Nato protest, our images capture the day.

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1:44pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I watched the Spitfires fly over my garden around 7.30pm: they were absolutely awesome! I only wish my late mum had still been alive to share the experience with me as the last time she would have seen a Spitfire fly over the back garden would have been when she was 10 years' old and I'm sure she would have been very moved. It's all part of the history of Newport.
I watched the Spitfires fly over my garden around 7.30pm: they were absolutely awesome! I only wish my late mum had still been alive to share the experience with me as the last time she would have seen a Spitfire fly over the back garden would have been when she was 10 years' old and I'm sure she would have been very moved. It's all part of the history of Newport. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 63

3:36pm Sun 24 Aug 14

keithbob says...

very moving for me too as my father was in the r.a.f.and he would have loved to have seen the planes again that won the battle of britain.
very moving for me too as my father was in the r.a.f.and he would have loved to have seen the planes again that won the battle of britain. keithbob
  • Score: 43

4:20pm Sun 24 Aug 14

squirrelchez says...

I got some amazing pictures of this and the Red Devils skydiving in. A day of great events - well done Newport City Council (or whoever organised it if it wasn't the council).
I got some amazing pictures of this and the Red Devils skydiving in. A day of great events - well done Newport City Council (or whoever organised it if it wasn't the council). squirrelchez
  • Score: 37

10:56am Mon 25 Aug 14

Banjalucka says...

All a waste of time and money as in the Daily Express today a reference to the NATO summit was stated to be in Cardiff!!!!
All a waste of time and money as in the Daily Express today a reference to the NATO summit was stated to be in Cardiff!!!! Banjalucka
  • Score: -17

11:15am Mon 25 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Banjalucka wrote:
All a waste of time and money as in the Daily Express today a reference to the NATO summit was stated to be in Cardiff!!!!
If you don't like bad reporting then don't buy The Express.
[quote][p][bold]Banjalucka[/bold] wrote: All a waste of time and money as in the Daily Express today a reference to the NATO summit was stated to be in Cardiff!!!![/p][/quote]If you don't like bad reporting then don't buy The Express. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 18

11:21am Mon 25 Aug 14

john.hall1000 says...

It was a good festival, except for the No NATO Newport Nutters.
It was a good festival, except for the No NATO Newport Nutters. john.hall1000
  • Score: 4

11:38am Mon 25 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

john.hall1000 wrote:
It was a good festival, except for the No NATO Newport Nutters.
Having a conscience is no bad thing... People are actually dying despite the fact it inconveniences you at a market stall.
[quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: It was a good festival, except for the No NATO Newport Nutters.[/p][/quote]Having a conscience is no bad thing... People are actually dying despite the fact it inconveniences you at a market stall. Mervyn James
  • Score: -2

1:07pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Banjalucka says...

Tommy O'Malley - The entertainment and such deserves praise for the council. You may have missed the point that Newport was not mentioned as the host city for the summit. Perhaps that doesn't concern you Tommy.
Tommy O'Malley - The entertainment and such deserves praise for the council. You may have missed the point that Newport was not mentioned as the host city for the summit. Perhaps that doesn't concern you Tommy. Banjalucka
  • Score: -5

10:14am Tue 26 Aug 14

daveywavey59 says...

Great day Spitfire brought back memories my uncle flew them
Only thing spoiling it was the Pro Hamas idiots terrorists in my book if they love Palestine so much then move there
Great day Spitfire brought back memories my uncle flew them Only thing spoiling it was the Pro Hamas idiots terrorists in my book if they love Palestine so much then move there daveywavey59
  • Score: 1

12:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

And yet again the poor Hawker Hurricane gets overshadowed by the more famous and glamorous Spitfire.

There were two type of planes in the Newport flypast. One was the Spitfire, the other a Hurricane. Both equally important to the war effort and Battle of Britain. The Hurricane got more kills as it was the robust fighter sent up against the bombers. The Spitfire was the more agile plane sent against the German fighters defending the bombers.

Newport Summit of Cardiff Summit? It IS important because all along this has been sold to us as a way to 'put Newport on the map blah blah blah' so if Cardiff steal the limelight, all our inconvenience and expense will have been for nothing.

Protesters? Like it or not, Newport has a proud history regarding the right to protest and the importance of protest. Look up 'Chartists' in Google if you need to. Regardless of whether we agree with protests, it's important that people are prepared to stand up against governments and make their feelings known. This will never be understood by people who are happy to let the Camerons and Blairs of the world do what they like. But thankfully not everyone is a cap doffing servant of the state.
And yet again the poor Hawker Hurricane gets overshadowed by the more famous and glamorous Spitfire. There were two type of planes in the Newport flypast. One was the Spitfire, the other a Hurricane. Both equally important to the war effort and Battle of Britain. The Hurricane got more kills as it was the robust fighter sent up against the bombers. The Spitfire was the more agile plane sent against the German fighters defending the bombers. Newport Summit of Cardiff Summit? It IS important because all along this has been sold to us as a way to 'put Newport on the map blah blah blah' so if Cardiff steal the limelight, all our inconvenience and expense will have been for nothing. Protesters? Like it or not, Newport has a proud history regarding the right to protest and the importance of protest. Look up 'Chartists' in Google if you need to. Regardless of whether we agree with protests, it's important that people are prepared to stand up against governments and make their feelings known. This will never be understood by people who are happy to let the Camerons and Blairs of the world do what they like. But thankfully not everyone is a cap doffing servant of the state. DavidMclean
  • Score: 6

1:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

grandmammamia says...

This was a fantastic day, well done to the organisers.

The army and police personnel were amazing with the kids , very patient and approachable.

The performers in the Riverfront were excellent and the military band was first class and played a wide variety.

The demonstrators were unobtrusive and didn't mar the day at all. They gathered at the front of the Riverfront singing along with people handing out leaflets but didn't try and force themselves on anyone.

Thr food festival was interesting and varied. All in all a good day and if the council was in charge, then for once they got it spot on!!
Were down there for much longer than we anticipated.

The fly past in the evening was the icing on the cake.
This was a fantastic day, well done to the organisers. The army and police personnel were amazing with the kids , very patient and approachable. The performers in the Riverfront were excellent and the military band was first class and played a wide variety. The demonstrators were unobtrusive and didn't mar the day at all. They gathered at the front of the Riverfront singing along with people handing out leaflets but didn't try and force themselves on anyone. Thr food festival was interesting and varied. All in all a good day and if the council was in charge, then for once they got it spot on!! Were down there for much longer than we anticipated. The fly past in the evening was the icing on the cake. grandmammamia
  • Score: 4

4:16pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

Mervyn James wrote:
john.hall1000 wrote:
It was a good festival, except for the No NATO Newport Nutters.
Having a conscience is no bad thing... People are actually dying despite the fact it inconveniences you at a market stall.
What on earth does this Delphic statement mean? I've not read of anyone dying by a market stall. What market? Where? Everybody has a conscience, just that some work better than others and Mr Hall has not accused the "No people" of being conscience-free, just of being boring twits who love gobbing off and being self-righteous, which they are.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: It was a good festival, except for the No NATO Newport Nutters.[/p][/quote]Having a conscience is no bad thing... People are actually dying despite the fact it inconveniences you at a market stall.[/p][/quote]What on earth does this Delphic statement mean? I've not read of anyone dying by a market stall. What market? Where? Everybody has a conscience, just that some work better than others and Mr Hall has not accused the "No people" of being conscience-free, just of being boring twits who love gobbing off and being self-righteous, which they are. Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Tue 26 Aug 14

merlin44 says...

The idea of the day was good but surely it would have been better to have had the Food festival set up in High Street leading down to the junction with Commercial street so that more people would have been encouraged to be in the centre rather than far away by the Riverfront. This would have brought more footfall to the market & other shops that still exist ( few that they are) in the High Street area. Whoever planned it should be thinking 'How can we get people into the centre not 'how to keep them away'.
Also years ago the Market was the hub of the town on Friday's and Saturdays because the upstairs always offered short term renting of a table for those days . It would bring a variety of goods from all walks ,farmers with their fresh veggies etc .It was always very busy & like a real market . Why can't this be brought back . I visited upstairs in the market on Saturday as there was a Comic fair on & it was so sad to see the upstairs so empty . It may be very smart & modern to have all these stalls around the edge but they are either empty , or if rented locked up & not being used . Such a waste of good space . Newport needs to visit Cardiff Market to see how it should be . I truly feel for the market traders who are really trying hard to get it all 'bustling' as it used to be.
The idea of the day was good but surely it would have been better to have had the Food festival set up in High Street leading down to the junction with Commercial street so that more people would have been encouraged to be in the centre rather than far away by the Riverfront. This would have brought more footfall to the market & other shops that still exist ( few that they are) in the High Street area. Whoever planned it should be thinking 'How can we get people into the centre not 'how to keep them away'. Also years ago the Market was the hub of the town on Friday's and Saturdays because the upstairs always offered short term renting of a table for those days . It would bring a variety of goods from all walks ,farmers with their fresh veggies etc .It was always very busy & like a real market . Why can't this be brought back . I visited upstairs in the market on Saturday as there was a Comic fair on & it was so sad to see the upstairs so empty . It may be very smart & modern to have all these stalls around the edge but they are either empty , or if rented locked up & not being used . Such a waste of good space . Newport needs to visit Cardiff Market to see how it should be . I truly feel for the market traders who are really trying hard to get it all 'bustling' as it used to be. merlin44
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Tue 26 Aug 14

NakedDancer says...

DavidMclean wrote:
And yet again the poor Hawker Hurricane gets overshadowed by the more famous and glamorous Spitfire.

There were two type of planes in the Newport flypast. One was the Spitfire, the other a Hurricane. Both equally important to the war effort and Battle of Britain. The Hurricane got more kills as it was the robust fighter sent up against the bombers. The Spitfire was the more agile plane sent against the German fighters defending the bombers.

Newport Summit of Cardiff Summit? It IS important because all along this has been sold to us as a way to 'put Newport on the map blah blah blah' so if Cardiff steal the limelight, all our inconvenience and expense will have been for nothing.

Protesters? Like it or not, Newport has a proud history regarding the right to protest and the importance of protest. Look up 'Chartists' in Google if you need to. Regardless of whether we agree with protests, it's important that people are prepared to stand up against governments and make their feelings known. This will never be understood by people who are happy to let the Camerons and Blairs of the world do what they like. But thankfully not everyone is a cap doffing servant of the state.
All very good points. However, the Palestinian flags were an own goal by the protesters. You can rarely claim to be campaigning for peace whilst siding with one of the warring parties.
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: And yet again the poor Hawker Hurricane gets overshadowed by the more famous and glamorous Spitfire. There were two type of planes in the Newport flypast. One was the Spitfire, the other a Hurricane. Both equally important to the war effort and Battle of Britain. The Hurricane got more kills as it was the robust fighter sent up against the bombers. The Spitfire was the more agile plane sent against the German fighters defending the bombers. Newport Summit of Cardiff Summit? It IS important because all along this has been sold to us as a way to 'put Newport on the map blah blah blah' so if Cardiff steal the limelight, all our inconvenience and expense will have been for nothing. Protesters? Like it or not, Newport has a proud history regarding the right to protest and the importance of protest. Look up 'Chartists' in Google if you need to. Regardless of whether we agree with protests, it's important that people are prepared to stand up against governments and make their feelings known. This will never be understood by people who are happy to let the Camerons and Blairs of the world do what they like. But thankfully not everyone is a cap doffing servant of the state.[/p][/quote]All very good points. However, the Palestinian flags were an own goal by the protesters. You can rarely claim to be campaigning for peace whilst siding with one of the warring parties. NakedDancer
  • Score: 2

7:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Banjalucka wrote:
Tommy O'Malley - The entertainment and such deserves praise for the council. You may have missed the point that Newport was not mentioned as the host city for the summit. Perhaps that doesn't concern you Tommy.
The Government website clearly states Newport as the host city with articles and photos of Newport. https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/topical-ev
ents/nato-summit-wal
es-cymru-2014

Newport seems to be getting plenty of publicity so far. Unfortunately, some of the media will always be too lazy to bother reporting anything correctly.
[quote][p][bold]Banjalucka[/bold] wrote: Tommy O'Malley - The entertainment and such deserves praise for the council. You may have missed the point that Newport was not mentioned as the host city for the summit. Perhaps that doesn't concern you Tommy.[/p][/quote]The Government website clearly states Newport as the host city with articles and photos of Newport. https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/topical-ev ents/nato-summit-wal es-cymru-2014 Newport seems to be getting plenty of publicity so far. Unfortunately, some of the media will always be too lazy to bother reporting anything correctly. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 4

8:46am Wed 27 Aug 14

slice_of_life says...

Very good day for Newport. Those complaining about shoddy reporting on other news sources may want to check out the Today programme on radio 4 today 27th August
Very good day for Newport. Those complaining about shoddy reporting on other news sources may want to check out the Today programme on radio 4 today 27th August slice_of_life
  • Score: 1
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