TWO castles in Pembrokeshire are flying a different flag alongside the traditional red dragon this St David’s Day, March 1.

Pembroke Castle, home of the Tudor dynasty founder Henry VII, has unfurled the red lobster, known as the Cymrustacean, alongside the traditional Welsh Dragon.

The flag was also displayed at Carew Castle and Fishguard port.

The red lobster was unfurled in support of Skin Care Cymru’s ‘Don’t Be A Lobster’ campaign.

30 famous landmarks throughout Wales, Pembroke and Carew castles, are flying the special flag from March 1-10 to highlight the risks that exposure to the sun can have on skin.

Skin Care Cymru is a volunteer-run charity that aims to give a voice to people in Wales with skin conditions. The rate of skin cancer in Wales has risen by 86 per cent for men and by almost half for women (44 per cent) in just ten years.

The campaign aims to increase awareness and education of how people can help to protect themselves and spot the signs of skin cancer, in the run up to the summer months. The main message is to cover-up and wear sun cream on Welsh beaches.

Paul Thomas, chair of Skin Care Cymru said: “The Red Dragon in the Welsh flag is probably the most iconic symbol of Wales. Similarly, a lobster is one of the most well-known associations with sun burn.

“Skin cancer is a real issue in Wales with over 140 people dying from it in our country every year, which is why we launched the ‘Don’t Be A Lobster’ campaign. Our aim is simple; to encourage people to be aware of the risks of sun exposure. It’s vital that people cover-up in the sun and wear sun cream to help protect themselves against skin cancer.”

To see a video of the ‘Don’t Be A Lobster’ flag being erected at Pembroke Castle go to: