A LOCAL artist has explained the meaning behind her newest piece which can be found off Holywell’s High Street.

On May 11, the annual Cadi Ha Festival enlivened Holywell High Street once more – but many local people are not aware what the “Cadi Ha” actually is, and how it originated.

On Saturday, May 4, artist Joanne Powell from Flint was assisted by her husband to create a striking work of art which features a folk-dancing couple, centre, and an explanation of the Cadi Ha in both languages on either side.

Joanne said: “It just spread through word of mouth basically about the artwork that I do and I was approached to help make this piece in celebration of the Cadi Ha festival. The weather put me a little bit behind schedule so I was actually still painting up until the day of the festival! Thankfully it was ready in time and the reaction has been very positive."

The local lady also painted a First World War image that can be seen on the side of The Royal Oak in Flint’s Church Street last year ahead of Remembrance Day for the centenary celebrations.

Transition Holywell & District have commissioned this work of art situated at the rear of NCAR charity shop and next to Coffee Bean, in The Mews.

A spokesman for Transition Holywell said: “This will be a permanent enhancement for Holywell as the mural will be clearly visible from the High Street.”

The Cadi Ha (North Wales Morris) has been danced annually in Holywell High Street since 1998 – a revival of a tradition in the coal communities of Flintshire dating back to around 1788.

It is about awakening the spirits of summer to ensure fertility and fruitfulness.