THE date for a ceremony to raise the Welsh flag at a castle has been set.
The St David’s Day celebration at Flint Castle will mark the culmination of a campaign by hundreds of residents to have the flag flying over the stronghold, built in the 13th century by the English.
On Saturday, March 1, St David’s Day, mayor of Flint Cllr Michael Moore will raise the Red Dragon at the site of the castle at 10am. The flag has been raised once before at the castle – in order to test the flagpole.
Flint town councillor Vicky Perfect, who has been involved with the campaign from the outset, said: “We are raising it on St David’s Day because that is the first time CADW [the historic environment service of the Welsh Government] raise their flags for the season, but it is also an ideal day for us because he is the patron saint of Wales.”
Flags do not fly during the winter months and the Union Flag is required to be flown on certain national occasions, but on all other days the Red Dragon will be flying.
Cllr Perfect added: “We are really pleased to get here.
“Some groups have been approached already, and we would like anybody to come along to watch it because it is a significant moment.”
The Facebook page ‘We want the Welsh flag flying over Flint Castle’, was set up by Shane Kinnair and helped garner support from former Flint mayor Vicky Perfect and Delyn MP David Hanson.
In the past the Welsh Government, which maintains the castle, said a flag could not be installed because the fortification was unmanned. But the decision has now been reversed and Cllr Perfect will be responsible for raising and lowering the flag on a day-to-day basis.
Flint Castle was the first of a series of castles built during King Edward I’s campaign to conquer Wales in the late 13th Century and was therefore regarded as an ‘English’ castle.
The site is believed to have been chosen by the English invaders for its strategic position in North East Wales.