A NEW 'pop up' will give people the opportunity to explore a town's past, present an future.

Flintshire Council and its partners are inviting the public to visit an exhibition which has opened in Flint this week.

A new addition to Flint High Street, it is hoped it will tempt and interest shoppers, locals and visitors alike.

Based in the old Jones the Gardeners, Flint Storyshop is hoping to tempt shoppers, locals and visitors to explore Flint foreshore's history, present day and role in the future,

Flintshire Council cabinet member for education and youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, is also a member of the group working on the foreshore regeneration proposals and he is encouraging people to make the most of this unique offer.

He said: "Come and look at old photographs, new films, digital stories and artwork shared by people of Flint.

"The space will be a chance for you to share your memories, stories and thoughts on the foreshore and its future, including the role of public art."

The project is just one piece of work that is being overseen by a range of local partners, Flintshire Council, Flint Town Council and Cadw in the regeneration initiative.

Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport added: "Heritage plays an ever important role in our cultural and economic ambitions, with our unique monuments, landscape, culture and language central to our offering to both locals and visitors alike.

"Through this community focussed partnership we can help elevate Flint castle to the world class, vibrant, mixed-use visitor destination it deserves to be, and I am delighted that Welsh Government continues to play its part in delivering just that.

"Our initial investment in the staircase at the Castle has already made a difference with plans for night-time illumination and other exciting proposals only serving to strengthen the offering of what is a truly majestic site and surrounding area."

Speaking about the initiative, Councillor Vicky Perfect, Mayor of Flint, said: "We're also continuing to explore how practical a new facility on the foreshore will be.

"There's a real passion and ambition to try and deliver high quality maritime, sporting and social facilities, making it a national 'must see' destination."

Detailed discussions are taking place between relevant partners, with the intention to have concept designs in the spring.

For more information on the Storyshop, including workshops and activities taking place, go Storyworksuk.com/Flint-Story-Shop.

The shop is open until Tuesday, March 13 from 11am to 4.30pm daily (except Sundays).