A CENTURIES-old Flintshire festival deserves more support from the community, a town centre group has claimed.

Roberta Owen, chairman of Transition Holywell and District, says members of her group are doing all they can to promote the town’s Cadi Ha festival.

The event, which is believed to date back to the 18th century, originates from Flintshire’s coal mining towns and villages and will be held this year on May 1.

Participants wear traditional Welsh clothing and originally blackened their faces with coal dust or gravy browning.

Mrs Owen said the Cadi Ha could potentially attract hundreds of people to Holywell town centre if it was promoted properly.

She added: “We’re putting up bunting and giant banners to let people know it’s happening and we’re extending the event into the afternoon.

“So even though the Cadi Ha dancers themselves move on to neighbouring villages after midday, we are inviting visitors to stay in town for their lunch and enjoy the afternoon too.

“Plenty of stalls have been organised, including local crafts and a number of ‘green’ stalls with various activities, such as making bird boxes and flowers from old plastic bags.”

The group has also put together a Cadi Ha display, which is on show in Holywell’s Credit Union window and the town’s schools have agreed to make ‘welcome the summer’ decorations in time for May 1.