MEMBERS of the public are being invited to the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the builder of Caergwrle Castle.

The Leader reported in 2017 how a group of local history enthusiasts inspired by the row over plans for a controversial sculpture at Flint Castle were on a mission for Dafydd ap Gruffydd - Wales’ "last Prince" - to be properly commemorated.

Flintshire historian and author Steve Griffiths has now confirmed to the Leader that thanks to the backing of the Cambria Drum Band, a plaque commemorating the Prince is to be unveiled at the Crown Inn in Caergwrle at 1pm on Sunday (October 13).

He said: "The Cambria Drum Band contacted me and said they'd paid for the plaque.

"I felt it was an achievement for our committee - we had met our aim of honouring Prince Dafydd.

"Everyone is welcome to attend on the day."

Dafydd Ap Gruffudd, a younger brother to Prince Llywelyn the Last of Gwynedd and Wales, was the first nobleman sentenced to die by the agonising procedure of hanging, drawing and quartering.

Historically, he is the only ruling Prince of Wales to suffer execution.

He is also the last Welshman to build a castle in Wales.

Prince Dafydd's links to the north east of Wales are extensive.

He built castles at Caergwrle, Ruthin and Denbigh held the lordships at Dyffryn Clwyd (Ruthin), Rhufoniog (Denbigh) and Hopedale, and held a royal residence at Caerwys (a stone tomb inside St Michael's Church, Caerwys is said to represent Dafydd's wife, Elizabeth Ferrers).

During the final phase of Dafydd's colourful and often controversial career he attacked the English occupied castles of Hawarden, Flint and Rhuddlan, a process that resulted in the Edwardian Conquest of Wales (1282-83).

Wrexham Councillor Carrie Harper will officially unveil the plaque at 1pm and the Cambria Drum Band will provide musical entertainment during the proceedings.