Hope villagers march to mark Glyndwr's freedom fight

Published date: 24 February 2014 |
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THE annual parade and ceremony has been held in honour of Owain Glyndwr.

The Liberation of Hope parade was held yesterday, organised by the Hope Owain Glyndwr Society.

The event commemorates Owain Glyndwr’s rebellion and liberation of Hope in 1403 as part of his campaign against the rule of Henry IV.

Among the activities, there was a march from Hope to Caergwrle, followed by the Saltney-based choir Vocalize singing the Welsh national anthem.

The society’s chairman Heather Cunnah said participants walked to Caergwrle Castle where the Cambria Band gave a rousing rendition of Men Of Harlech.

Mrs Cunnah said there were a couple of speeches before they walked back down and completed a return march to Hope.

“This is an annual event. We are looking forward to next year. It will be a special occasion, the 600th anniversary of the death or disappearance of Owain Glyndwr,”

Mrs Cunnah added. “No-one knows if he became a recluse or died.”

The two villages have come together every year since 2002 for the parade.

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