Pembrokeshire man makes his mark on the Big Ap-peal
Updated 5:53pm Tuesday 4th March 2014 in News
WELSH PRIDE: Ty Francis is pictured with Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones in the New York Stock Exchange. (4363383)
A PEMBROKESHIRE man working in New York made a St David's Day ap-peal to Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones.
Former Greenhill School pupil Ty Francis, who grew up in Saundersfoot, arranged for Mr Jones to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the Welsh patron saint's day.
The first minister was in the United States on a profile-raising exercise for Wales.
He visited the exchange, where Mr Francis works, on Friday.
Mr Jones said: "It's an honour to open trading on the New York Stock Exchange and to put Wales well and truly in the international spotlight ahead of St David's Day.
"Ringing the opening bell at the world's largest stock exchange on behalf of the people of Wales is symbolic.
"As a nation, we have shed old stereotypes to emerge as a strong contender in business.
"St David's Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate those achievements."
The opening was watched by around 200 million people worldwide, and Mr Francis said: "It was a great day for Wales, and a great end to the First Minister's US trip."