It is pleasing to see that much-loved feature of Our Heritage, the Hope, Caergwrle and Abermorddu Carnival is now firmly re-established as a permanent event. Credit must go to those on the committee, under the Chair of Cllr Lynn Davies, who have laboured hard to bring us this event once again.
For 2015 the Carnival Queen will be Esther Rhodes-Leader. The Ladies-in-Waiting will be Eloise Williams and Holly Cropper and the Hope Rose Queen will be Alesha Williams.
This article takes the opportunity to publicise the programme for the day:
The Carnival has an appeal to residents and visitors of all ages and contributes greatly to a sense of community cohesion. Everyone will have their own favourite aspects of the Carnival.
One of the features which I personally welcome is the way in which it keeps alive some of the features of our village traditions. Do join us in welcoming the return of the Old King and Queen by the River Alyn at Bridgend around 7pm on Friday 3rd. Rumour has it that the event is going to be something of a ‘hoot’ this year.
The Carnival will also be keeping alive features of re-enactment which formed a distinctive part of Our Heritage during the period of the Caergwrle Historical Festivals. Paul Harston will be marching the Roman group Deva Victrix on to the field. At the time of writing the community awaits further news of Paul’s exciting Park in the Past Project with baited breath.
Photograph by Keith Bell
This year the established groups will be joined by Historia Normannis, a 12th century group which focuses on the period of events between the reign of Henry I and King John. This group was featured on TV’s “Weekend Warriors” and are very popular locally at Whittington Castle.Members of Historia Normannis at Whittington Castle
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the policy of Flintshire County Council. Readers are welcome to contact the author with any news or views on the local heritage at DHealey204@aol.com or by telephoning 01978 761 523.