Festival in Mold back on song


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

HUNDREDS of people flocked to Mold High Street to enjoy a fun-filled day at an annual festival.

The sun was out for this year’s Bailey Hill Festival, making up for last year when organisers were forced to call off the celebrations due to a torrential down pour.

The festival has proved a big hit with visitors down the years and yesterday’s event once again saw the streets packed with visitors enjoying a host of live music and events.

Mold Town Centre manager David Hill said up to 800 people joined in the fun.
“It went really well,” he said.

“Last year, sadly, it got washed out but this year we certainly made up for it.

“The sun was shining and everyone had a great time.”

There had been fears that after the financial blow of not being able to hold last year’s event, staging this year’s might have been a struggle.

But organisers said the determination of volunteers, as well as new funding grants, helped the festival bounce back.

The event saw a line-up of live music, circus skills, outdoor scientific experiments and armour and weapons demonstrations from the Age of Princes group.

Bands included Heal the Last Stand, who featured at last year’s Glastonbury Festival, and the Wrexham-based Sparrowhawks took to the stage.

Other attractions included craft demonstrations, storytelling and a variety of stalls.

One of the event organisers Cllr Andrea Mearns said: “Bailey Hill is the birthplace of Mold and it is an important ancient monument.”

Mold Town Council, Flintshire Council, Mold Rotary Club and Communities First all made grants to help fund this year’s festival.

And the annual event could also help secure heritage lottery funding to assist with revamping children’s play areas and the Gorsedd as well as helping make the hill more accessible to users.

l Bailey Hill is the site of a former Norman settlement

The site was once home to a Norman Castle consisting of an earthen motte (mound) with an inner and outer bailey, built on a natural hill in about 1093.

A disused bowling green occupies the inner bailey and on the northern side of the motte the Gorsedd stone built for the 1923 National Eisteddfod can be seen.

The hill was laid out as a public park in 1920.

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