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Holywell residents gear up for Cadi Ha festival

THE streets of Holywell will be filled with song and dance this weekend when the town’s annual Gyl Cadi Ha festival takes place.

Adults and children will perform dances in the town centre as part of the traditional Flintshire festival.

Organiser Chris Bailey is hoping that hundreds of people will come out to watch the spectacle which is now in its 15th year.

The festival starts at 10.15am on Saturday, with dances in the High Street until 1pm; the performers will then move on to Caerwys Square for 3pm and will stay there until 4.45pm.

The male dance where men wear white clothing and traditionally have their faces blacked comes from the coal mining areas of west Flintshire, such as Holywell, Bagillt and Mostyn.

Chris Bailey, chairman of Gyl Cadi Ha said: “With the recent rain people have asked me what arrangements have been made if it rains on Saturday. We ask everyone to still meet at the agreed time of 9.30am on Saturday on the yard of Ysgol y Fron, where everybody can be prepared. “From there we should walk to the High Street in Holywell to start the festival but if it rains everyone will be taken to our wet weather alternative location.

“Hopefully it will not be required but best to prepare in case. We do not want the work of the children, parents, teachers, and other adults to be in vain so best to be organised.”

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