County soaks up sun with festival fun


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

FESTIVAL fever is hotting up in Flintshire with a host of events taking place across the county.

Towns and villages in Flintshire have already played host to carnivals in recent weeks, including Hope, Caergwrle, Abermorddu, Penyffordd and Penymynydd, while Flint enjoyed seven days of events.

Buckley also took to the streets to celebrate its jubilee on Tuesday as the community came together for the 158th annual procession through the town.

This weekend signals the turn of Mold to put out the bunting as it hosts its own carnival, in what is hoped to be another spell of glorious sunshine.

Holywell follows suit on Saturday, July 19 with the town’s Transition Festival.

Hundreds of people enjoyed a taste of Victorian times at its historic castle as part of the week-long Flint Festival.

The Victorian Beach Day brought together themes from yesteryear as the town’s castle played host to donkey rides and a Punch and Judy show.

A beach created by Flintshire coastal rangers in the old bailey saw children take to the sand to build castles of their own. Councillors have said they hope to build on the success of the event and make it a fixture in next year’s festival.

Cllr Vicky Perfect said: “Flint was the first seaside town in North Wales during the 1840s but when the sea shore became polluted by industry things moved farther afield. It was great to see those times return for a day and it proved to be very successful.

“The coastal rangers built us a beach about 20ft long and people could lounge in the Victorian-style deck chairs while children played in the sand. We also had a Punch and Judy show which was a new experience for the children as many had never seen one before.

“We hope to repeat the event and build on it for next year.”

Visitors to the ‘beach’ enjoyed a Victorian tearoom, held in a nearby marquee along with charity stalls.

The Flint Festival culminated with the Mayor’s Civic Parade, described as a “wonderful event”. The Mayor of Flint, Cllr Paul Cunningham, said the whole festival was a resounding success.

He praised female and male choirs who performed, as well as the Holywell Band which performed a melody of Welsh tunes on Church Street.

“The amount of people that turned out was tremendous,” he said in summing up the festival.

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